LeBron James Criticizes Teammates For This Big Mistake Against Phoenix Suns

Published 10/23/2021, 11:14 AM EDT
Oct 22, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) argues with referee Justin Van Duyne (64) in the second half against the Phoenix Suns at Staples Center. The Suns defeated the Lakers 115-105. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


Los Angeles Lakers lost their second game of the season as well after a winless preseason campaign. The Lakers lost the game 105-115 against Phoenix Suns at the Staples Center. LeBron James led the scoring chart of the game, but it wasn’t enough to prevent a second consecutive loss at home.

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Despite a lot of buzz regarding the ‘super team’, the Lakers have failed to show their firepower on the court. The 2nd successive home loss has left Lakers players frustrated. We can only imagine how Lakers fans would be feeling now.

Oct 22, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) is defended by Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) and center Deandre Ayton (22) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

King James and Anthony Davis sat down for the post-game press conference to answer some tough questions following the defeat. LeBron admitted that the ’emotional side of things’ got the better of the team against the Suns.

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LeBron James admits that the emotions got the best of the Lakers, leading to 2nd consecutive loss

Lakers stars Anthony Davis and LeBron James came forward for the post-game interview after their loss against the Suns. LeBron reflected upon the loss and admitted that the emotions overruled their better judgment and impeded on securing a win.

“We got to do a better job of not allowing calls that we feel like should have went our way stop us from what our goal is on the floor. There were some very very difficult calls that we felt like should’ve went our way. But we allowed that to comeback 3-4-5 possession in a row, and we started to lose control of the game,” James admitted.

“We were kind of too worried about what they were calling and what they were not. So I think the emotional side got to us tonight.”

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The Lakers had a disappointing outing against the Suns as they failed to capitalize on their lead in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. They tried to make a comeback in the 4th quarter but it was too late and they lost by 10 points. In fact, Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard were involved in a scuffle at the bench. However, now they’ve downplayed the altercation, and all seems well between the duo.

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LeBron’s Lakers host the Grizzlies at home this weekend. They will be under immense pressure and a win could calm things down. LeBron would need other players to step up in the next game. However, it has just been two games, and a few games later, they should be able to find their mojo back.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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