Anthony Davis missed a game-winning three-point attempt against the Nets on Tuesday night which birthed a segment for Colin Cowherd and The Herd on Wednesday titled ‘Anthony Davis Is Not A Dependable Player Late In Games.’
Remember, the Lakers have recently taken down the Bucks and Clippers, but after losing to a lackluster Nets team these Lakers are all of the sudden not that great and it has much to do with Davis, at least according to Cowherd.
Not only is the segment dumb, the rather pointless statistic claiming Davis ranks 58th in the NBA in fourth-quarter scoring averaging 4.2 points is just wrong. Davis actually ranks 40th in fourth-quarter scoring averaging 5.0 points per game.
Those numbers don’t necessarily jump off the page, but they’re not bad considering that Davis is usually taking it easy on the bench late in games because the 49-14 Lakers close out games early. He’s averaging just five points in the fourth quarter, but he’s also only averaging 6.9 minutes played in the final quarter which is 176th in the league.
Just for a reference, Trae Young is second in the league in fourth-quarter scoring. Why? Because the Hawks are abysmal sitting at 20-46 on the year and Young plays late in games because he has to.
Numbers aside, Davis scored eight of the Lakers’ final 10 points against Brooklyn on Tuesday night which included two clutch threes down the stretch. Davis finished the night with 26 points, eight rebounds and went four for eight from deep.
Those numbers aren’t too bad, nor do they paint the picture of Davis not being clutch or dependable down the stretch.
One more thing, this was a regular-season game against the Nets. Who cares?