If the Los Angeles Lakers were to upset the Denver Nuggets with two of their starters – LeBron James and Dennis Schröder – sidelined on Monday, they were going to need or close to the best version of Anthony Davis. Lucky for them, that’s exactly what they have.
In his seventh game after injury, Davis led the Lakers to a 93-89 victory over the Nuggets by 25 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Monday marked their second win since Davis’ return and their first win in four games.
Davis has had better nights than he has had against the Nuggets, but Monday night was by far the most impactful he has had on both sides since his return. He and Alex Caruso were the only Lakers starters with plus-minus positives. Andre Drummond was the worst on the team with -11.
That being said, Davis wasn’t the most impactful player on the pitch for the Lakers: that honor belonged to Marc Gasol.
While Gasol barely beat double the numbers on Monday, he posted the night’s highest plus-minus at +17. When you consider that the favorite to win the MVP Award was on the other side of the field, playing his position, it’s impressive. Gasol finished the night with a stat line of 10 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists and a block.
Maybe André Drummond will eventually understand his role with the Lakers, but for now, it’s clear who the better center of the team is, and it’s not him; it’s Gasol.
The Lakers earned another night in the Western Conference’s top six with a win on Monday, but they also took a hiatus because the Atlanta Hawks beat the Portland Trail Blazers earlier today. They hope their luck continues in their game against the LA Clippers on Thursday.
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