The Rundown: AD exits game early as Lakers lose to Cavs

Published December 7, 2022, 1:30 PMJC Ansis

The Lakers couldn't stop the Cavaliers after Anthony Davis played only eight minutes in the game.


Pistons 116, Heat 96
Cavaliers 116, Lakers 102
Mavericks 116, Nuggets 115

What went down??

Everyone was anticipating what Anthony Davis would do next after unleashing a 55-point performance against the Wizards the other day.

Entering the game against the Cavs, the Lakers had won eight of their last 10 games with Davis putting up monster numbers of 35.3 points (65 percent shooting), 15.6 rebounds, and 2.9 blocks per game. So the hype surrounding the Cavs game was warranted.

Unfortunately for us fans, we were only able to see Davis in action for a measly eight minutes. AD headed to the locker room late in the first quarter as it was reported later that he would not finish the game due to flu-like symptoms.

Without Davis, the Lakers couldn't hang with the Cavs, who went on to grab a 116-102 win at home. After the game, Lakers coach Darvin Ham said Davis' temperature went as high as 101 and felt weak and dehydrated.

Let's all hope it's nothing serious so we can continue to see AD balling.

In the other games, the Pistons clobbered the Heat behind Bojan Bogdanovic's 31 points. Out West, Luka Doncic's triple-double (22-10-12) and a game-clinching triple from Dorian Finney-Smith with 17.3 seconds left helped the Mavericks escape the Nuggets.

Big-time baller

Since we were deprived of another Davis explosion, we did get to see another star tally big numbers in the Lakers-Cavs game.

Donovan Mitchell takes the award today after scoring 43 points on 17-of-27 shots. He also hit four triples and had six rebounds, five assists, and four steals to help the Cavaliers get back on track.

What he said

Who is leading the MVP race right now? Chuck thinks it's Jayson Taylor. Whoever the hell that is.

Did you see that?

Watching the guys on Inside the NBA is always a treat. On today's show, Shaq decided to jump into the studio Christmas tree just for the sake of it.

If that wasn't enough, Kenny Smith tops that with this: