Anthony Davis Takes Shot at Darvin Ham After Game 2 Loss

The Lakers star was fed up with the play-calling after another deflating loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Jan 27, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) talks
Jan 27, 2024; San Francisco, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) talks / Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Lakers are facing a situation they are unfortunately too familiar for them at this point: down 2-0 against the Denver Nuggets, heading home for a crucial Game 3. Just like last season's Western Conference Finals, the Lakers couldn't take care of business in Denver despite leading by double digits in both games so far. The late-game execution failures by the Lakers, combined with the clutch brilliance of Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray, pushed the Lakers' back against the wall once again.

There is certainly plenty of blame to go around after two straight deflating losses. The referees deserve part of the blame and LeBron James chose to unleash his frustration about them after the game. Anthony Davis, on the other hand, chose to criticize the team in a veiled shot at head coach Darvin Ham.

Lakers News: Anthony Davis Criticizes Darvin Ham's Play-Calling

Anthony Davis, who finished the game with 32 points and 11 rebounds, said they "don't know what [the Lakers] are doing on both ends of the floor."

He has a point. After building a 20-point lead in the third quarter, the Lakers stopped executing. The offense came to a halt, the pace slowed down, and it turned into isolation ball.

The Lakers ended up scoring 40 points in the second half against the Nuggets on Monday night. It's hard to blame individual performances as both Anthony Davis and LeBron James played excellent games, combining for 58 points on 23/38 shooting from the field.

It is clear that play-calling needs to get better for the Lakers. And that starts with Darvin Ham. All the reporting inside the organization suggests that Ham's job is secure going forward. However, his star players are already complaining, and if the Lakers get swept again by Denver, it will be difficult to justify Ham staying on.

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