LeBron James took a different approach with Anthony Davis before Game 2 of their first-round playoff series against Portland.
There was no joking. No laughing. No teasing.
In fact, there was no interaction at all.
“He didn’t say one word to me today,” Davis said after the Lakers’ 111-88 win Thursday to tie the series at 1-1. Game 3 is Saturday at 5:30 p.m. PT.
It was a stark contrast to their usual dynamic. James and Davis are close friends. Their lockers are separated by an empty one at Staples Center. They banter. They share late night glasses of wine together after games. Davis goes over to James’ house for dinner. They often wait for each other after practices and games to walk alongside each other.
But James knew to give Davis space Thursday.
“He saw the look on my face from the beginning,” Davis said.
Davis went on to