Anthony Davis Expresses a Gloomy End-of-Game Reality the Lakers Can’t Quite Shake

The Los Angeles Lakers have lacked any semblance of consistency throughout the 2021-22 campaign. The Lakers’ latest skid has dropped them toward potentially falling out from snagging a secured playoff spot. Sunday’s disappointing loss to the Atlanta Hawks led star big man Anthony Davis to spew a concerning reality that his team can’t shake.

Lakers fall to their third straight loss without LeBron James

The Lakers took the floor for the third straight game without LeBron James, resulting in the same disappointing fate.

Los Angeles struggled to gather any consistency despite holding command through extended stretches. However, the Atlanta Hawks, led by star point guard Trae Young‘s double-double performance with 36 points and 12 assists, pushed his team past the Lakers to secure their seventh straight win.

Atlanta torched Los Angeles in the fourth quarter, holding a 38-20 scoring edge, with Young leading the charge behind recording 13 points. Meanwhile, Onyeka Okongwu notched 12 of his 16 points in the final period to help lift his team over the reeling Lakers.

After the contest, Anthony Davis voiced revealing remarks that should only further fuel the growing concern.

Anthony Davis expresses a gloomy end-of-game reality the Lakers can’t quite shake

The Lakers have now dropped eight out of their last 11 games, pushing them out of the top eight spots in the Western Conference standings.

Los Angeles’ latest defeat comes after allowing a pair of double-digit second-half leads to slip away on the road. After Malik Monk tied the game at 121 with his eighth made 3-pointer with 1:52 left in regulation, the Hawks responded with the game’s final eight points.

The crushing loss led Davis to express a lingering concern regarding the team’s inability to finish games.

“I still believe that we got a good team,” said Davis, who scored five of his team-high 27 points in the fourth quarter. “We just haven’t been all the way healthy for our team. I mean, all our players. LeBron is now out. I just came back. I think the most frustrating part is that we can’t finish games. We’ve had a lot of games that we had won and teams come back and beat us.

It’s become a common thread for the Lakers to allow opponents to erase deficits due to subpar play defensively and stagnant offensive stretches, especially when LeBron James isn’t on the floor. Despite all that, Davis voiced that he hasn’t lost faith in his team.

“I still have belief, man,” Davis said. “We’re a good team. No matter what happens in the regular season, if we get into the playoffs, we’re a good team. And I still believe that.”

If the Lakers hope to make a surge toward the playoffs, it’s going to take a collective effort that simply hasn’t been there all season long.

The clock is ticking on the Lakers to figure it out now

The front office spent the offseason reshaping the roster around Davis and James, but that has unfolded with disappointing results.

Injuries have plagued the roster, limiting the team from building sustainable stability or chemistry. It’s become especially the case with their big three taking the floor together 17 times through the first 51 games.

James continues to demonstrate he’s an ageless wonder, but even his brilliance can’t push the Lakers toward greener pastures. Instead, Russell Westbrook’s inconsistent play and Anthony Davis’s inability to stay healthy have heavily impacted the team.

Los Angeles still has 31 games to figure it out ahead of the playoffs, but the clock is ticking much faster to develop the identity they should have formulated long before this point in the 2021-22 campaign.

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