Los Angeles seemed Los Angeles seemed to be a youthful, hungry group in Sunday's Down 1 while Memphis' physical issue-tormented program was scattered by the Lakers' less popular job players.to be a youthful, hungry group in Sunday's Down 1 while Memphis' physical issue-tormented program was scattered by the Lakers' less popular job players.

The shot had barely counted, bouncing three times before settling through the rim, when Austin Reaves let the emotion pour out of him.

The Lakers took Game 1 of its most memorable round series against Memphis and hold up, kid — the Grizzlies could be in some difficulty. Anthony Davis was prevailing.

LeBron James was efficient. Reaves and Rui Hachimura combined for 52 points.

Ja Morant missed the last six minutes after landing hard on his right hand. X-rays were negative but Morant admitted after the game that his status for Game 2 was “in jeopardy.”

This was never a run-of-mill second-seed versus seventh-seed matchup. The Grizz limped into the postseason. Steven Adams is out. Brandon Clarke, as well. Morant, even before this new injury, was fighting a hand issue.

The Lakers, meanwhile, were 18–9 after the trade deadline and ended the season winning six of its last seven.

Davis scored 22 points. He pulled down 12 rebounds. He swatted away seven shots. “He’s our middle linebacker,” said Lakers coach Darvin Ham.

The ABC halftime show wondered if the Davis injury curse had struck again. Instead, Davis returned and was the best player on the floor in the second half.