Warriors force Game 6 in LA
The Lakers fall to the Warriors in Game 5 121-106. The Warriors came out of the gates strong as their season was on the line. The Warriors' entire starting lineup finished the game in double figures. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green, and Andrew Wiggins were key to the Warriors' victory.
The biggest story of the game happened in the fourth quarter when Anthony Davis took a shot to the side of the head from Kevon Looney. Davis looked to be dazed and headed to the back with assistance from the Lakers training staff. Chris Haynes reported that Anthony Davis had to be escorted away in a wheelchair for further evaluation.
Anthony Davis took an elbow to the face by Kevon Looney and headed to the Lakers bench 😮pic.twitter.com/DCSyQQmflb— ClutchPoints (@ClutchPointsApp) May 11, 2023
During the Lakers postgame regarding the status of Anthony Davis, Darvin Ham said, “He took a shot to the head. He seems to be doing really good already. That's where he's at and the status of it right now.”
BREAKING: Anthony Davis will play in Game 6. pic.twitter.com/W6l6hANSwE— Lakers All Day Everyday (@LADEig) May 11, 2023
Darvin Ham also seemed to be critical of the officiating in tonight’s game, as he felt there were tons of missed calls. He said, “We played the same way we always play. I don't know what's a foul anymore.” Many players on the Lakers seemed to get hit in the face or held at times.
The Lakers were led by LeBron James, who finished the game with 25 points and nine rebounds. Anthony Davis was very impactful in this one before the injury, as he finished with 23 points and nine rebounds. Austin Reaves and D’Angelo Russell also contributed 15 points.
The Warriors were lights out from three-point range as they finished the contest by making 13 three-point shots. Golden State was also very effective in rebounding, as they outrebounded the Lakers 48-38.
The Lakers needed to play with a sense of urgency but fell behind early and had to play catch-up the entire game.
The Lakers need to play Game 6 as if it is Game 7 because LA wants to avoid going back and playing in Golden State.
Lakers in six. pic.twitter.com/2G7VSNI8IH— Lakers All Day Everyday (@LADEig) May 11, 2023
LA needs contributions from their role players, as they have been getting the entire playoffs. Rui Hachimura, Lonnie Walker, Dennis Schroder, and Austin Reaves are going to be key to the Lakers advancing to the Western Conference Finals.
Game 6 will be played Friday in LA, and Crypto.com Arena is going to be loud as the Lakers look to eliminate the defending NBA Champions.