LeBron James felt Anthony Davis was the best player in the NBA while he was recovering from an adductor strain. While James was out, Davis was putting up monstrous numbers as he averaged 33.2 points, 17.4 rebounds and just over two assists, blocks and steals per game.
"AD was the best player in the league over the last four-to-five games. Just his numbers and productivity on both sides of the floor. It's not just offensively but defensively he's been super engaged, and tonight once again he was amazing," James said.
On Friday night, James returned to the Lakers' lineup as the Purple and Gold defeated the San Antonio Spurs 105-94.
Davis on James returning
"His voice, leadership, his playmaking, scoring ability—I think it all came into effect tonight.
Especially down the stretch, pick-and-roll and calling plays and stuff. I think it was really good for us," Davis said after the game. Meanwhile, the Lakers met the Spurs again on Saturday night. This time, Davis sat out the game.
While Davis was out, James and Russell Westbrook helped the Lakers clinch a 143-138 win. During the third quarter, Westbrook received a hit in the face and got bloodied. James immediately rushed to Westbrook as he wanted to check on his teammate and not let Westbrook do anything in frustration.
After the game, Lakers head coach Darvin Ham didn't hide his happiness over seeing how James reacted in that tricky moment. "That's what togetherness looks like. Being there for your teammate. [Westbrook] takes a shot to the head and you don't want to escalate the situation.
You want to try to calm him down. You got a guy with blood all over his face who is understandably upset and just having Bron there, it shows a brotherhood. We need that type of image, that action, that belief in one another. We need that to represent us as a team and as a franchise," Ham said.