Indiana Pacers (L):
Prior to the game, Indiana had a record of 42-27 as they battled for position in the Eastern Conference playoff bracket. They were also 3-1 in the bubble before their game against the Lakers, thanks to tremendous performances from TJ Warren.
In their second match-up this season the Pacers took a 116-111 victory as Warren lead the team with 39 points. The Lakers rode on James’ back to carry them as far as they got. He scored 31 points, grabbed 8 rebounds and passed the ball to a scorer 7 times in his 35 minutes on the floor. The Lakers looked much more in sync in this one as they tried and find form before the start of the playoffs.
Quinn Cook: Quinn Cook played 24 minutes in this one, thanks to an injury to Danny Green, as he scored 21 points on 5/9 from beyond the arc. A flash of NBA Champion Cook that Lakers fans have been hungry to see. He proved when he is given the opportunity to play with other ball-dominant players, he is more than capable of having a good night. This is especially interesting as he may be useful for the Lakers’ floor spacing if players like Green continue to struggle from 3.
Where is Anthony Davis?: Throughout the NBA restart AD has been slightly inconsistent in his performances. Since the game against the Los Angeles Clippers, AD has averaged 20.7 PPG, that’s well below his season average of 26.1 PPG. He has had one 14 point game, one 9 point game and one 8 point game. A player the Lakers certainly need to be on top form in the Playoffs, Davis needs to start consistently playing like the All-NBA First Team candidate that he is if LA wants to make it out of the First Round.