‘Lakers Will Be Okay’: Former Teammate Warns Phoenix Suns of LeBron James Ahead of Playoffs Game 6

Published 06/03/2021, 7:30 AM CDT
May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson (95) plead their case to referee Josh Tiven (58) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers will step onto the court to save their series against the Phoenix Suns. They will play game 6 in the Staples Center as LeBron James and co look to tie the series up. Anthony Davis is doubtful for the game with his recurring knee injury, but LeBron will be in a hurry to finish the series off in the next two games. The Suns have performed incredibly well. However, with Anthony Davis’ playing time in doubt, they will hope to close out the series tomorrow.

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In a recent podcast, James’ former teammate Damon Jones, spoke about the mentality which LeBron showed in high-pressure matches in the past.

Cavaliers forward LeBron James in action against the Clippers on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, at Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Photo by Luis Sinco/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

We can never doubt LeBron James

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With Anthony Davis being the key man for the Lakers these days, we can never underestimate the impact of having James on the court. Notably, during his time with the Cavaliers, James came back down from 3-1 down to defeat the Warriors, and clinch the franchise’s first NBA title. Damon Jones spoke about his will-to-win in a recent podcast.

“Yes, for him, because he has never been in this position. But I am gonna tell you one thing, he is going to be ready to play tomorrow night, the mentality, he is gonna play with tomorrow is one may AD plays or doesn’t play because he understand their backs are against the wall.”

“If he is able to go out and do what I have seen him do in the past in big games like tomorrow will be, I think the Lakers will be okay with or without Anthony Davis,” said Jones.

James is one of the greatest players in the game of basketball. Despite the accusations of flopping, we can never deny his performances on the court. The league got a preview of his clutch moments when he sank a deep three to kick the Warriors out of the playoffs. But can LeBron raise his game against the Suns?

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If the Lakers are to advance to the next round, players like Schroder and Harrell need to be in their best form. As James is getting older, there are signs of him not being able to elevate his game like he used to do. This may be a cause of concern. However, LeBron is proving otherwise.

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James is the only player to win 3 titles with 3 different teams, while also winning the finals MVP in those 3 victories. That is a remarkable stat.

The onus is on LeBron to put a noteworthy performance in game 6. However, Chris Paul will hope to land his first NBA title in his career, and pushing LeBron away will be legendary. But with LeBron, it ain’t over until it’s over.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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