“This is where I hoped we’d be,” Lakers coach Luke Walton told the Los Angeles Daily News. “I thought it would take a little longer for us to do some of the things defensively that we’re doing right now, which is why I think we’ve been able to have some success.”
The Kings do not rebound. They give up 7.8 more per game than their opponents, the worst mark in the NBA.
He scored 22 points against Chicago and leads the Lakers with a 16.8 average. He has tallied in double digits in 12 straight games and 16 of 18 overall.
That is in stark comparison with more hyped rookie Lonzo Ball, who contributed 13 rebounds to go with eight points and four assists in 32 minutes against the Bulls. Ball, already the sixth player to log more than one triple-double in his first 20 games, is averaging 8.9 points, 6.2 rebounds and 6.9 assists, but he has been more up and down than a bobblehead amid the controversies involving his father, LaVar Ball.
Davis, 29, will be replaced by fourth-year cornerback Pierre Desir, who previously had filled in for Davis in Houston.
Davis, whose four-year contract worth $36 million expires after this season, had been the subject of trade talks ahead of the deadline last Tuesday. The two-time Pro Bowl player has struggled this season, missing the first three games with a hamstring injury and recording just 16 tackles with two passes defended in five games played.
The Colts (3-6) are scheduled to host the Steelers (6-2) at 1 p.m. ET Sunday.
Whitehead said he has not heard from the NFL about the play and that he would be “extremely shocked or surprised” if the league tried to take action against him. Whitehead said he doesn’t expect to be fined, either.