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Anthony Davis is LeBron James’s best playoff teammate ever

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“I’ve had some great teammates in my career,” James said. “[Davis] is one of those unicorns, and he does things that some of my other great teammates are not capable of doing. But in the same sense, I’ve played with Dwyane Wade, and he could do some things that A.D. is not capable of doing. I also played with Kyrie Irving. He could do some things that [Wade] and [Davis] are not capable of doing. I’ve had the luxury of playing with some great players, and that’s just three of them.”

While that politically correct description is true, Davis now clearly holds the honor of having the best postseason run of any James teammate. James won titles in 2012 and 2013 with Wade on the Miami Heat, won a title in 2016 with Irving on the Cleveland Cavaliers, and advanced to the Finals four times with Wade and three times with Irving. Yet none of those runs produced a postseason like the one Davis is having, with the Lakers now positioned to close out their championship run with a Game 5 win over the Heat on Friday. Davis has played so well that he must be regarded as a strong candidate for Finals MVP.

For the playoffs, Davis is stuffing the stat sheet to the tune of 28.2 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.3 blocks per game. Only six players have matched those numbers in each category over the course of a postseason: James, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Kevin Durant, Patrick Ewing, Karl Malone and Hakeem Olajuwon. All six are Hall of Famers or future Hall of Famers.

Davis has also posted an excellent 29.8 Player Efficiency Rating, a stat that seeks to boil down his total contributions into a single measure of effectiveness. Only three players have posted

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Anthony Averett receives career-high workload as injuries force line-up tinkering

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Ravens offensive snap counts vs. Washington Football Team 10/4/20



a group of people playing football on a field: Ravens' Mark Andrews makes a touchdown catch in second quarter as Washington's #54, Kevin Pierre-Louis attempts to defend against the play.


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Ravens’ Mark Andrews makes a touchdown catch in second quarter as Washington’s #54, Kevin Pierre-Louis attempts to defend against the play.

Orlando Brown Jr. T 57

Matt Skura C 57



a group of football players playing a football game: Ravens' Mark Andrews, left, catches a 22-yards touchdown pass in front of Washington's Troy Apke, right, and Shaun Dion Hamilton (#51) in the third quarter.


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Ravens’ Mark Andrews, left, catches a 22-yards touchdown pass in front of Washington’s Troy Apke, right, and Shaun Dion Hamilton (#51) in the third quarter.

D.J. Fluker T 57



a group of football players on the field: Ravens Mark Andrews scores a touchdown on a catch in the third quarter against Washington at FedEx Field on Oct. 4, 2020.


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Ravens Mark Andrews scores a touchdown on a catch in the third quarter against Washington at FedEx Field on Oct. 4, 2020.

Tyre Phillips G 50

Bradley Bozeman G 47



a group of football players on the field: Ravens' Jaylon Ferguson, right, sacks Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., left, for a loss of 18 yards.


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Ravens’ Jaylon Ferguson, right, sacks Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., left, for a loss of 18 yards.

Lamar Jackson QB 47



a group of football players on the field: Ravens' Jaylon Ferguson, right, sacks Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., left, for a loss of 18 yards in the fourth quarter.


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Ravens’ Jaylon Ferguson, right, sacks Washington quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., left, for a loss of 18 yards in the fourth quarter.

Marquise Brown WR 43

Nick Boyle TE 38

Mark Andrews TE 37

Willie Snead IV WR 32



a football player running on a field: Ravens' Lamar Jackson, right, tries to push away Washington's Nate Orchard, left, in the fourth quarter.


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Ravens’ Lamar Jackson, right, tries to push away Washington’s Nate Orchard, left, in the fourth quarter.

Myles Boykin WR 31

Patrick Ricard FB 25

Gus Edwards RB 22

J.K. Dobbins RB 21

Devin Duvernay WR 16

Mark Ingram II RB 14

Patrick Mekari G 11

Robert Griffin III QB 10



a group of baseball players standing on top of a field: Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, left, and Washington's Dwayne Haskins Jr., congratulate each other after the game.


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Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, left, and Washington’s Dwayne Haskins Jr., congratulate each other after the game.

Ben Powers G 7

Ben Bredeson G 4

James Proche WR 1

Observations: Phillips and Bozeman did not play the entire way. With the game in hand late,