In his first playoff appearance, Anthony Davis has the tall task of knocking out the one-seeded Golden State Warriors. They aren’t just your typical one-seed, they’re historically great. The good news: so is Anthony Davis.
We remember the Naismith POY; we remember the National Championship win and Final Four MOP; we remember the gold medal in London. Draymond Green and Andrew Bogut might not be so familiar with his past. After getting yappy through the first three quarters were Davis was held in check, the Warriors paid a price for the jaw-jerking, almost costing them the game.
While most of Game 1 supported the argument that this will be a one-sided series, Davis’ 20-point fourth quarter was enough to remind Kerr & Co. that he’s not the kind of talent you want to antagonize. Davis, who was contained by Warriors forwardDraymond Green through three quarters (15 points on 6-of-13 shooting and one rebound) of his playoff debut as the Warriors led by as many 25 points, woke up in the kind of way that the Warriors simply don’t want to see.
USA Today Sports’ Sam Amick said Steve Kerr is doing everything he can to keep his frontline from poking the unibrowed dragon.
Davis’ late surge was exactly the kind of thing Kerr is trying to avoid, and his don’t-wake-the-sleeping-giant approach has clearly made its way throughout his locker room.
Unless Draymond Green wants to be on a poster, I think it’d be in his best interest to keep quiet.
Game 2 is tomorrow at 10:30 on TNT.