WATCH: Lakers’ AD, Lebron and Schroder Indulge in an Epic Play Against Pacers

Published 05/15/2021, 2:23 PM EDT
May 2, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball against Toronto Raptors forward Stanley Johnson (5) during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers are playing the Indiana Pacers tonight. With two games remaining in the regular season, this game against the Pacers is a must-win for the defending champions if they want to avoid the play-in tournament.

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One of the headlines for the champions has been the return of their superstars LeBron James, Anthony Davis, and starter Dennis Schroder to the starting lineup. The return of the stars is certainly a huge sigh of relief for the champions.

LeBron James slams thunderous dunk against the Pacers

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LBJ is finally back and looks hell-bent on defending his throne. While Davis has been onto a hot start scoring 22 of the Lakers 64 points, LeBron James has shown his passing skills with 11 points, 5 assists already only in the 15 minutes he has been on the court.

The three starters combined for an incredible play against the Pacers. With the Lakers defending a possession from Indiana, ‘the Brow’ showed his agility and came up with a steal. Davis immediately passed it to Schroder, and the Lakers were clearly in advantage in a two on one fast break.

With the L-Train coming in at full speed on the other side, the German gave a perfect lob, and James smashed it with a thunderous dunk.

The 36-year-old superstar is looking at full health and the extra rest has surely worked for the 4-time MVP. With LBJ looking ready to bring his ‘A-Game’ and AD already showing his dominance, the Lakers finally look like the champions we saw last year.

The champions have to win their remaining games to avoid the play-in tournament. If they can win their game against the Pacers tonight, they will be tied with the Blazers for a 41-30 record. But given the form they are showing right now, the play-in might not a huge difference for the champions.

Can LeBron lead the Lakers to a championship?

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One of the biggest concerns for the NBA community this season has been whether the Lakers will be able to defend their crown or not. Injuries ravaged their regular season with both Davis and Bron out for a significant period.

Feb 6, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) leads his teammates in a cheer before a game against the Detroit Pistons at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Even Schroder missed time adhering to the league’s medical protocols. But given the form they have shown lately, the champions are surely on the right track.

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With the return of key starters in LeBron James and Dennis Schroder, who can fit right into the system, the Lakers are in for a major glow-up.

If Bron and Schroder find their flow in a short period of time, the Western Conference might be in big trouble and even the three-headed monster in the Brooklyn Nets might face a tough task in dethroning LBJ and the Lakers.

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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