Los Angeles Lakers Fighting Just to Make N.B.A. Playoffs+5:54

Despite the fact that the Lakers are the reigning champions, some of the team’s veteran foundation was lost due to offseason turnover.

Since the roster is now devoid of seasoned players like Dwight Howard, Avery Bradley, Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, and Danny Green, James has few options when playing against a talented team like the Suns without Davis.

Los Angeles Lakers Fighting Just to Make N.B.A. Playoffs+5:54

Games of this Series

Davis played 34.8 minutes per game over the first four games of this series, averaging 21.8 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. In the first two losses of the series for Los Angeles, he scored a total of 19 points, and in the two wins, 68 points. In the games Davis was unavailable for during the regular season, the Lakers had a record of 19-17.

Los Angeles must therefore find a way to resume this consistency despite the possibility that Davis won’t be available for Game 6

Los Angeles Would Benefit Greatly

Los Angeles would benefit greatly from improved shooting whether or not Davis is on the lineup. Over the first four games of the series, the Lakers shot just 43 percent from the field and 29.1 percent from 3-point range, but by the end of Game 5, they had improved to 34.5 percent on field goals and 34.3 percent from long range.

For Game 6 in Los Angeles, Booker predicted that it would be difficult. These teams are the reigning champions. Of course, they also want to safeguard the home court. We require it. We desperately desire it. We must therefore approach the next game with a mindset of building on what we accomplished tonight.

Veteran Foundation

Despite the fact that the Lakers are the reigning champions, some of the team’s veteran foundation was lost due to offseason turnover. Since the roster is now devoid of seasoned players like Dwight Howard, Avery Bradley, Rajon Rondo, JaVale McGee, and Danny Green, James has few options when playing against a talented team like the Suns without Davis.

Averrage Points

Davis played 34.8 minutes per game over the first four games of this series, averaging 21.8 points, eight rebounds, and three assists. In the first two losses of the series for Los Angeles, he scored a total of 19 points, and in the two wins, 68 points. In the games Davis was unavailable for during the regular season, the Lakers had a record of 19-17.

Los Angeles must therefore find a way to resume this consistency despite the possibility that Davis won’t be available for Game 6.

Conclusion

Los Angeles would benefit greatly from improved shooting whether or not Davis is on the lineup. Over the first four games of the series, the Lakers shot just 43 percent from the field and 29.1 percent from 3-point range, but by the end of Game 5, they had improved to 34.5 percent on field goals and 34.3 percent from long range.

For Game 6 in Los Angeles, Booker predicted that it would be difficult. These teams are the reigning champions. Of course, they also want to safeguard the home court. We require it. We desperately desire it. We must therefore approach the next game with a mindset of building on what we accomplished tonight.