LeBron James Reveals He is Mentally Preparing To Play Game 6 Against Suns Without Anthony Davis

Published 06/02/2021, 2:10 AM EDT
Jun 1, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives to the basket against the Phoenix Suns in the first half during game five in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Phoenix Suns Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports


Game 5 couldn’t have gone any worse for the Los Angeles Lakers. They got steamrolled by the Phoenix Suns and were defeated 115-85 as the Suns take a commanding 3-2 lead in the series. With Anthony Davis sidelined, the LeBron James-led Lakers only showed struggle throughout. It was only in the first few minutes that it felt like they were in cruise control of the game. However, it all changed in the blink of an eye.

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What’s done is done, but the only bigger concern now is whether the Lakers will have AD back for Game 6 or not. Evidently, without him, they are only headed for trouble.

LeBron James is preparing himself

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It was only for a minute in the first quarter that the Lakers had a 10-5 lead against the Phoenix Suns. But the energy that was visible then faded away as quickly as it came. There was nothing the Phoenix Suns weren’t prepared for and had a response for all that Frank Vogel tried to throw at them.

LeBron James and Kyle Kuzma were the only two players who added useful points to the scoreboard. However, Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Ben McLemore finished with 0 points. There was no way the Lakers could have won this game. Even Bron only had 7 points by half-time. Can you imagine the defending champions scoring only 8 points in one quarter? It was beyond belief.

Now, the Lakers’ only hope is Anthony Davis‘ return. In his absence, the purple and gold will have a tougher time tying up the series. While fans are hopeful for his return in Game 6, Bron seems convinced that Davis won’t be making it. He stated, “My mindset is he’s not going to be able to play Game 6. … If something changes, we go from there.”

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Do the Lakers stand a chance without Anthony Davis?

Until Game 3, the Lakers were looking like the team that wreaked havoc last season with their dominating performances. And now, just two days later, there is a gaping doubt about whether they will even make it out of the first round of the playoffs or not.

May 30, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) controls the ball against Phoenix Suns forward Jae Crowder (99) during the first half in game four of the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

Davis suffered an injury early in the fourth game and did not return to play in the second half either. This had fans believe that it was something serious, but there is no official update about how severe it might be.

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However, what the pattern suggests is that the Lakers don’t do well without Davis. He plays a significant role in their success and his absence only puts far too much pressure on LeBron, who already has too much on his plate. Role players have to do much better and they have to work on making more threes, which were nonexistent throughout the series.

Only further updates on AD’s injury can put everyone’s mind at rest. There is only a bleak chance they will survive the Suns’ brutal attack without their cheat code.

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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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