February 22, 2024

Philadelphia 76ers heart Paul Reed took a jab at Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis previous to tip-off between the 2 groups on Monday evening. 

Reed was requested about how he’ll deal with Davis within the paint, because the Sixers and Lakers meet for the primary time this 12 months.

“He’s a giant flopper,” Reed responded, per ESPN, “so ensure that I don’t get in foul hassle early. Can’t be too aggressive with him. You understand, he’s gonna be flailing. So, gotta ensure that I keep out of foul hassle.”

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Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers free throw towards the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 25, 2023 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse in Cleveland, Ohio. (David Liam Kyle/NBAE through Getty Photos)

Davis may take offense to Reed calling him a flopper, however there’s proof that he does get to the free throw line a bunch. 

Davis is twenty third within the NBA with 5.88 free throws averaged per recreation this season. For his profession, he’s averaging 7.0 makes an attempt from the charity stripe per contest. 

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Nonetheless, Davis’s quantity isn’t even the very best on his personal staff. That goes to LeBron James, who is available in nineteenth general with 6.06 free throws per recreation. James additionally has a repute as a flopper within the eyes of some NBA followers.

Paul Reed #44 of the Philadelphia 76ers containers out through the recreation  on November 22, 2023 at Goal Middle in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (David Sherman/NBAE through Getty Photos)

As for the league chief, Reed can take a look at the person who begins forward of him at heart: reigning MVP Joel Embiid. The perennial All-Star will get to the road 11.73 instances per recreation, which is multiple try increased than Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo. 

How every participant will get to the road is topic to interpretation, although, and Reed clearly feels that Davis sells his fouls a bit when he does try a shot on the courtroom. 

Davis began for the Lakers in Monday’s recreation, as he’s been coping with a hip ailment. He was listed as possible earlier than tip-off. 

Anthony Davis runs on court

Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers arrives to the sector earlier than the sport towards the Dallas Mavericks on November 22, 2023 at Crypto.Com Area in Los Angeles, California.  (Adam Pantozzi/NBAE through Getty Photos)

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Davis, 30, is having fun with one other productive NBA season, averaging 22.1 factors, 12.1 rebounds and three.4 assists per recreation, whereas capturing 54.9% from the sphere. From the free throw line, he’s capturing 86.2%, which might be a career-high mark if the season ended Monday.