The Lakers collapse against the OKC for the second time when Anthony Davis injures his thumb


The Los Angeles Lakers have done it again.

Just like they did a week ago, the Lakers gave the Oklahoma City Thunder a huge lead, this time at home.

The win was only the second of the season for the Thunder, both of which occurred against the Lakers continuing their inconsistent play to start the season.

The bad news started early in the day, with LeBron James sidelined for 1-2 weeks due to an abdominal strain. During the loss to Oklahoma City, Anthony Davis sustained a thumb injury just before half-time but was able to stay in the game for the second half.

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Davis explained that the injury was sustained by squeezing the thumb against Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s thumb resulting in swelling that restricted movement.

“I’m fine,” Davis said after the game, before saying “we’ll see how it feels” when it comes to his availability for Saturday’s match with the Portland Trail Blazers.

The Lakers are now 5-4 this season and 1-2 with James out of the lineup.

These were disastrous final minutes for Russell Westbrook, with the Lakers guard missing a potential triple draw on the siren to accompany an unforced turnover and inexplicable defensive mistake on a critical late possession.

Awarded to Lu Dort with less than 20 seconds left, Westbrook completely lost track of where his opponent was, leaving the OKC Thunder striker all alone for a crucial dunk that extended the lead to 105-101 with 17, 0 seconds to play.

After the game, Westbrook didn’t seem impressed by a question regarding his late game execution.

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“You saw it. I lost the ball. I lost the three,” Westbrook replied before ending his availability to the media.

Losing to the Thunder twice in a week, the Lakers have lost 26 and 19 points clear, with veteran striker Carmelo Anthony refusing to use any excuses with LeBron out of lineup.

“We shouldn’t have lost him. It’s not because LeBron got out,” Anthony said.

“They knew what we were doing the whole second half,” Davis explained. “Their coach or Shai or anyone else has been making an adjustment to put their players in the right place.”

For a team with league goals like the Lakers, failing to perform against a Thunder team that should be in the running for the worst league record is concerning.

With or without LeBron.


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