Anthony Davis was sent off in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 121-103 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night at Staples Center. Who would say that Anthony Davis’ shoe would be the cause of only the second ejection in his career?
He ran the third quarter with two minutes to go, when on a play under the rim, Davis’ shoe came off his foot and was adrift. Anthony fell to the floor out of bounds and Lonzo Ball, a former Lakers player, passed him the shoe. As Davis put his shoes back on, the referee restarted play no matter that AD was not ready. An angry Davis yelled at him, – “It’s nonsense” – and the whistler chose to kick him out instantly. LeBron James, who is still injured from an abdominal strain but was supporting off the bench, had to step in to calm Davis down and walk him out.
“Usually the referee lets you put your shoe on, wipes the ball in the meantime, has common sense, but he resumed quickly and AD said, ‘It’s nonsense’ – something that is said like 15 times every game in the NBA, one came fast technical foul, sending off. I don’t know what to say about it, “said a serious and frustrated Lakers coach, Frank Vogel, after the result.
Davis went to the showers early after an intense game where the Chicago Bulls used a strong double coverage brand. He finished with 20 points, six rebounds and one assist.
“We hadn’t faced that kind of double record this season. Credit to Chicago for being so aggressive trying to neutralize him (Davis) in the game. With a new group, we didn’t adjust very well to this situation and when we did, we missed open triples. . We had bad possessions early in the game, “Vogel said.
Lakers had a lousy night from the perimeter with just 18.8 percent shooting from 3-pointers, going 6-of-32 from long range.
“You are not going to beat anyone in the NBA today by shooting 6 of 32 on triples. We can talk about a lot of other things that were needed in the game, but when you shoot like this from the perimeter, you are not going to beat anyone, unless that we were super fine in all other aspects of the game. There are no excuses for that. It was one of those nights that our execution was poor that way, “said a self-critic Carmelo Anthony, who has started the season with over 60 percent of effectiveness in triples with Lakers.
Chicago Bulls, by contrast, was on fire from long range with Zach LaVine and Lonzo Ball hitting six and seven 3-pointers, respectively. Ball alone, made more shots than all his former team in this way. DeMar DeRozan was the leading scorer for the Bulls in the win, with 38 points. Chicago surpassed both Los Angeles franchises in their visit to Los Angeles, first to the Clippers, followed by the Lakers, something that had not happened for them since 1984.
Talen Horton-Tucker was the leading scorer for the Lakers in the duel with 28 points, the most points in a game with the Angelenos for the young player, although the result was not as expected. It was just the second comeback game for THT after missing the entire start of the season with a right thumb injury.
The Angelenos dropped their record to 8-7 after the first 15 games of the season, of which 12 have been played at home. Now they begin a five-game road trip against Eastern Conference teams, starting Wednesday against reigning champions Milwaukee Bucks.
“This journey will serve us well. We have been facing difficulties, ups and downs. We are struggling to find consistency and change the environment. It will be good for us,” Vogel said.
As for the possibility of seeing LeBron James play on Wednesday after missing the last seven games, “The assessment is day by day,” said coach Vogel.