Anthony Davis was a little perturbed last night against the Warriors. That’s because an unnamed Golden State player told the Pelicans in a moment of trash talk that the Warriors considered the game “a scrimmage,” according to Brow in the TV interview after the game. It was obvious he was pumped up about the win, too.
“They came out and said it was going to be a scrimmage game,” Davis said to Jen Hale after the win moved them a half game ahead of the Thunder for the last playoff spot in the west. “We kind of took that personal.”
Davis was just 2-for-10 in the first half, smartly slipping the screen for this alley-oop over Andrew Bogut for just one of his two first-half field goals.
He was a monster in the second half with 23 (8-of-11) of the Pellies 60 points and all four of his blocks on the night for the 103-100 win. Ant finished with a game-high 29 points and downplayed the Warriors comment to ESPN’s Ethan Sherwood Strauss:
“We just tried to come out and play,” Davis said. “They said what they said. You try to worry about us and what we’re going to do to try to win this game.”
When asked who the specific player was, Davis responded, “I don’t know who said it.”
“We don’t want to be this pushover team, guys come in and do whatever they want. That’s how we want to look at ourselves,” Davis said of beating the top-seeded Warriors.
As noted last night, the half-game lead is big for New Orleans, since they hold the tiebreak over the Thunder in the head-to-head matchup and will get the spot if they finish with the same record.
For Davis, we’re guessing making it more than a simple “scrimmage,” was enough provocation for this second-half superiority.