“Obviously this is an important game for us,” said Lakers coach Frank Vogel. “We have immense respect for them. We’re going to have to fight like we did tonight in every game in this series.
Davis scored 28 points in Game 1, but only managed 8 of 24 shots. In Game 2, he made 13 of 21.
“I just wanted to come out tonight with the mindset tonight to be aggressive and help my team on both sides of the pitch and do whatever I need to do to help the team win,” a- he declared.
James Lebron had 10 points, six rebounds, seven assists and six turnovers for the Lakers. He had 23 points, 17 rebounds and 16 playoff assists in Game 1.
The Trail Blazers knocked out the Lakers 100-93 in Game 1, but things took a turn for the worse in Game 2. A poor performance escalated when the All-Star guard Damian Lillard dislocated the index finger of his left hand in the third quarter. The team said the x-rays were negative.
“It’s just painful,” Lillard said. “A little tender to the touch. I dislocated it. A little sore, a little swollen. Uncomfortable. ”
Portland coach Terry Stotts said it was too early to determine Lillard’s status for Game 3.
Lillard was held to 18 points Thursday after beating the Lakers for 34 in Game 1.
Davis scored 21 points in the first half to help the Lakers take a 56-39 lead. The powerful Trail Blazers offensive shot 35% in the half.
Early in the third quarter, Davis aggressively grabbed a defensive rebound, then fired a long pass to Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for a breakaway jam that gave the Lakers a 63-41 lead.
The Lakers continued to pay it and were leading 88-58 after three quarters. Los Angeles led by 32 points in the period.
It was a downfall for the Trail Blazers, who had been one of the best teams in the bubble.
“We didn’t relax, they just chased harder than us,” Lillard said. “It was their night. It didn’t help that we didn’t play well on the offensive end.
Blazers: 40% shot in total. … Made only 8 of 29 3 pointers. … CJ McCollum scored 13 points on a 6 for 16 shot.
Lakers: G Rondo region, considered doubtful while recovering from right thumb surgery, was inactive. … Caldwell-Pope scored 16 points.
The Lakers tracked down Lillard and McCollum for a combined 12 of 30 shots.
“You can’t put pressure on them because they live under pressure, they succeed under pressure, they thrive under pressure,” James said. “You can’t have breakdowns. When you have a defensive strategy, you need to execute it for 48 minutes, or for the minutes they are on the ground. I think we did a great job tonight. ”
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Portland coach Terry Stotts, responding to what Lillard was doing in the game at the end of the third quarter with his team under 30: “He was playing basketball.
The third game will take place on Saturday.
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