Davis had 25 points on 21 shots, but it's how he got there that raises a familiar red flag.
We can quickly see that Davis was very effective in the paint, racking up seven of his eight buckets there.
Davis is a monster inside. He ranked third in the NBA in total points in the paint in 2017-18, while his new teammate LeBron James ranked No. 1.
But in a world where he is playing alongside James, it's key that Davis can get out of the way sometimes and hit some jumpers.
Here's the thing, though: Davis is mostly mediocre outside of the paint.Against the Clips, he hit just one of his seven extended 2-point tries and missed both of his 3s.
That small sample size is relevant because it harkens back to a bigger, more troubling trend.
Of the 130 players to take at least 1,000 jumpers outside the lane dating back to 2016-17, Davis ranks 126th in effective field goal percentage (eFG%) at 42%, per Second Spectrum tracking.
Last year, Davis was very active and very inefficient in the midrange, converting just 36% of his shots.
Yuck! He also was below average from downtown, where he converted 33% of his tries.
The bottom line is that jump-shooting is a big part of Davis' portfolio, and his numbers are more Russell Westbrook than they are Kevin Durant.
Dating back to 2017-18 season, Davis is one of 95 NBA players to attempt at least 150 uncontested shots outside of the paint.
Of that group, he ranks 89th in efficiency, with an eFG% of just 46.3%. That's just a hair above Ricky Rubio.
You know who also isn't a great jump shooter? Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo. He rates even worse than Davis.
But the Milwaukee Bucks are designed to take care of that with effective 3-point shooters in a well-crafted system.
If you can't shoot, you can't space. And if Davis can't effectively space the floor, the Lakers'offense will have issues.
Davis often shares the court with Dwight Howard or JaVale McGee.
Opposing bigs will sag every game, clogging James'driving corridors, providing interior help, grabbing boards and generally muddying things up.
Danny Green's reliable stroke can only help so much on its own.
If Davis is ineffective as a shooter, that means many of the Lakers'most important lineups will feature two bigs who don't space well enough to declutter the deep paint.
Dudes like Nikola Jokic, Rudy Gobert, Clint Capela and Hassan Whiteside will have a much easier time against this squad that way.
There's no question Anthony Davis can be a terrific-shooting big. But it's fair to question whether he is right now -- and it's win-now time for the Lakers.