The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the Phoenix Suns 115-105 on Friday night.
In the process, the team suffered multiple indignities – including LeBron James’ crying on the bench over his team’s woes.
The one that will live on in most people’s memory, however, is what occurred between Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard midway through the affair.
In the midst of Phoenix outscoring LA 34-18 in the second quarter to take a 57-44 lead into halftime, an altercation broke out.
More complete video of Howard-Davis altercation, starting from walking off the court when the timeout is called. pic.twitter.com/3JQ7FaTWtb
— Matt Petersen (@TheMattPetersen) October 23, 2021
After the game, Davis got brutally honest about what led up to the fight between him and Howard.
“Just a pick-and-roll scene,” he said. “That was it. All of us are still trying to figure it out on the defensive end. Something happened. I was saying one thing, he was saying another on the scheme and one thing led to another. Like I said, we talked about it and we left it in the locker room at halftime.”
Howard would later echo that sentiment, also adding that he and Davis had squashed their beef.
“Oh, yeah. We squashed it right then and there,” he said. “We just had a disagreement about something that was on the floor. We’re both very passionate about winning. We didn’t wanna lose this game.”
Howard added that this is one of those things that happens over the course of a game.
“We’re grown men,” he continued. “Things happen. But we already talked. Squashed it. There’s no issue between me and him. That’s my brother. That’s what I told him. … We’re good. We squashed it. There’s no need to try to try to make it bigger than something else.”
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— Game 7 (@game7__) October 22, 2021
While the issue between Davis and Howard may have been settled, the Lakers’ overall woes are very much a persistent problem. Paul Pierce suggested that this group would struggle together, and it appears he was right.
Obviously the season is still young and there is plenty of time to fix the problems. But if they don’t get fixed, and quickly, this situation could get embarrassing for LA in a hurry.