Suns’ Cam Johnson Expresses the Thrill of Playing and Defeating LeBron James’ Lakers in 2021 NBA Playoffs

Published 09/13/2021, 9:52 AM EDT
Jun 1, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts as he walks between celebrating Phoenix Suns players 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 | Courtesy: Reuters


The Phoenix Suns gave everyone a very unexpected result as soon as the fun of the playoffs began last season. The defending champions, the Los Angeles Lakers, had been eliminated in the first round itself. While fans were shocked, the haters had the best time in mocking them. But the Suns often don’t get enough credit for how they came across victorious. They had Devin Booker and Chris Paul in charge, with an incredible supporting cast to rely on. That included Cam Johnson, who couldn’t believe that they had defeated LeBron James.

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Cam Johnson’s experience beating LeBron James

While it looked like the Phoenix Suns had it all in control, Cam recently revealed what it was actually like to be facing LeBron James and the Lakers. And of course, his words show his immense respect for the legend and expressed his feelings about how he and the team felt being pitted against one of the most elite teams in the West, in fact, the league, in the very first round.

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“It wasn’t until we won the series, and that was the first LeBron had lost in the first round,” started off Cam on Road Trippin.

“It was like oh! You realize it’s never easy, a team led by LeBron James. You know that going in. We had seen them at the end of the regular season. It just felt like we were destined to see them in the first round. And you could tell that the chippiness is starting to come into play.”

“Like for us, we didn’t know what to expect. So you give us LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. We don’t have anything to compare it to. All we know is that we got to go out there and try our best. Give everything we got, pay attention,” he concluded.

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Can the Lakers take their revenge next season?

The Los Angeles Lakers will enter the 2021-22 season with all guns blazing. After the way they were eliminated and the humiliation and criticism, they had to face afterward, this will be their shot at redemption.

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With Cam explaining how hard it was to face a team led by LeBron, imagine another superstar added to the roster for Phoenix to worry about. That’s right, Russell Westbrook‘s presence will probably make it even more challenging for the Suns to pull off another victory.

May 27, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) scores over Phoenix Suns forward Mikal Bridges (25) during the third quarter of game three in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

However, this is all conjecture. Until we see their new trio on the court performing, only assumptions can be made. And let’s not forget, the Suns were the second-seeded team last season. Despite being labeled the underdogs, they were the ones who reached the NBA Finals.

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Not the Lakers. Will Cam Johnson and the rest of the team get another shot at the satisfaction that comes with defeating LeBron and Co.? Or will the purple and gold put an end to it for good?

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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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