Frank Vogel Explains Why Lakers Went Away From Anthony Davis in Game vs. Thunder

Jonathan Sherman
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The Los Angeles Lakers were trounced by the Oklahoma City Thunder, 105-86, on Wednesday night.

One of the reasons why was because superstar big man Anthony Davis had an unusually unproductive night on the court. He recorded just nine points, eight rebounds and five assists in 29 minutes of playing time.

According to Lakers head coach Frank Vogel, that was all part of the plan.

While the large defeat may be somewhat troubling for Lakers fans as the postseason fast approaches, it is important to remember that the Lakers have already sealed up the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

For that reason, it is absolutely the right call to monitor Davis’ and fellow superstar LeBron James’ usage as much as possible so that they are perfectly fresh for the onset of the playoffs.

James was the Lakers’ top point scorer on the evening. The four-time MVP scored 19 points in 30 minutes of play.

Unfortunately, he didn’t get much help. The only other Lakers to finish with double-digit point totals in the game were Kyle Kuzma, who scored 10 points and Dion Waiters, who scored 14.

The Lakers will barely have any time to look back on today’s loss. They’re facing off against the Houston Rockets on Thursday.

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Jonathan is a freelance writer, filmmaker, and passionate fan of the NBA. In the past Jonathan has covered politics, entertainment, travel, and more. He is a proud contributor of Lakers Daily.