The biggest task for the Lakers entering Game 2 is getting Anthony Davis back on track. Davis’ 13-point performance on 5-of-16 shooting won’t help Los Angeles’ chances of advancing to the next round, and against a Suns squad that doesn’t have much size to guard him, they must exploit matchups.
LeBron James recently expressed confidence in Davis having a rebound performance, saying L.A. is a better team when AD is aggressive.
For the Suns, Devin Booker’s 34-point game in his playoff debut will be one to remember for a long time, but he’ll need to hone in for Game 2 as L.A. will look to guard him differently this time around.
Booker’s backcourt partner, Chris Paul, suffered a shoulder injury in Game 1 that saw his handle uncharacteristically falter, including his usually deadly mid-range jumper.
Deandre Ayton, who went for 21 points and 16 rebounds in Game 1, needs to continue his momentum against the Lakers’ big men to give Phoenix a chance at winning.
Here’s when you should tune in to see the game:
Probable starting lineups
Los Angeles Lakers
F Mikal Bridges
F Jae Crowder
C Deandre Ayton
G Devin Booker
G Chris Paul