Former NBA Champion Reveals Who Overshadowed LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Nets vs Lakers

Published 02/19/2021, 6:30 AM EST
Feb 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) defended b y Brooklyn Nets forward Jeff Green (8) during the third quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers can start worrying now. After losing to the Nets who are already rumored to be the biggest threat to their title this year, it’s time the Lakers fasten their seat belts because this won’t be a joy ride. Even though there was one piece of good news as LeBron James achieved another incredible feat in his career, there still wasn’t much reason for the Lakers to celebrate. In fact, a former NBA Champion, who is a die-hard LeBron fan, was also drawn to some other player in this matchup.

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Did Brooklyn Nets’ Joe Harris stand out more than LeBron?

Both of the teams’ star players were out for this matchup. Anthony Davis is out until after the All-Star game, and Kevin Durant was also out with a hamstring problem. In fact, the Lakers were even more shorthanded without Dennis Schroder in their lineup.

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Meanwhile, even without KD, the Nets made 18 three-pointers. James Harden was the lead scorer for them with 23 points, but it was Joe Harris who took everyone by surprise. He was the second-highest scorer with 21 points and had a game-high six three-pointers.

Kendrick Perkins was very impressed with the way Harris played. He took to Twitter to say that despite having so many stars on the court, Harris was the better player in the game. He wrote, “Couldn’t have told me that LeBron James, James Harden and Kyrie Irving all on one court and I would be saying that JOE HARRIS was the Player Of The Game!!! Just saying tho…”

What went wrong with the Lakers?

James led the Lakers in scoring with 32 points. However, where they lacked was scoring from the arc. He shot 1-6 from the three-point line, which was a team-worst. In total, the Lakers went 6-27 from the deep. This was the polar opposite of how the Nets performed from there.

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Feb 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Brooklyn Nets forward Joe Harris (12) grabs a loose ball from Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the fourth quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

It has become pretty clear that the purple and gold can’t win a title without Anthony Davis. They will try to bounce back from this loss after they play the Miami Heat next. But do you think they will be able to maintain their position in the West without AD?

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Yashima Bhatia

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Yashima Bhatia is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports who specialises in providing nuanced predictions and updates for matches. She has a Bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication. Yashima's love for playing the game came up at a young age, when the excitement of the games coupled with the intensity of the Playoffs had her hooked.

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