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Anthony Davis enjoys Lakers’ battle to avoid play-in tournament originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
His teammate LeBron James may have not been a big fan of the play-in tournament, but count Anthony Davis as a supporter of the new postseason format.
“It's been fun, to be honest. We were a great team last year, and this is the first time since I’ve been here that we ran into a challenge,” Davis said per ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. “This is a different challenge for us.”
Davis' position is nearly the opposite of what James said of the play-in tournament last week.
"Whoever came up with that s--- needs to be fired," James said when asked of the tournament.
The Lakers are currently sitting in seventh place in the Western Conference which would currently set them up for a game against the Warriors to earn the seventh seed in the playoffs.
Los Angeles won the 2020 NBA Championship, in part thanks to Davis’ postseason bubble heroics. Before Davis had his best game of the season on Sunday in a win over Phoenix—in which he posted a season-high 42 points—the Lakers had been on a slide, going 3-8 over their last 11 games. Davis still feels assured in his squad’s potential heading into the playoffs.
“I mean, we know that we’re confident against anybody we match up against, especially when we were fully healthy. That’s our mindset. Other teams, you've got to prepare for just because we’re fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, whatever we are, we’re going to come out and fight,” Davis said. “They know that just because we’re a lower seed we’re not going to back down from anybody.”