WATCH: LeBron James Loses His Temper on NBA Referee After Repeated Provocation

Published 11/20/2021, 7:44 AM EST
Nov 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) reacts during the first half against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers fans were thrilled to have LeBron James back on the court after missing eight games because of an abdominal strain. However, the remainder of the night against the Boston Celtics barely left a smile on their face. Not only did they lose their third straight game, but Bron’s return was not nearly as pleasant either as he completely lost his cool against a referee.

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How LeBron James lost it on referee

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Any game against the Boston Celtics is of great importance to the Lakers. Their rivalry goes way back, but it is safe to say, that Boston took full advantage of the purple and gold’s inability to carry their offense. In fact, they pissed LeBron James to an extent that he had to scream and shout at a referee.

Both these teams haven’t had the ideal start to the season, with prominent players missing from the roster due to injuries. In fact, they also entered this matchup with somewhat the same record, hoping to break their losing streaks. The only difference was that the Celtics were able to hold the fort against the Lakers thanks to Dennis Schroder and Jayson Tatum’s incredible performances.

On the other hand, fans witnessed a Bron as good as new. He was able to contribute 23 points next to Anthony Davis‘ 31 points. However, because he was not receiving any fouls, in the second quarter he went off on the referee. Grant Williams’ foul on him at half court when he intercepted a pass was his last straw.

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Will King James’ presence help them get back on track?

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Nov 19, 2021; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) and Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (0) rebound the ball during the first half at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Paul Rutherford-USA TODAY Sports

This loss has the Lakers record down to 8-9 now. The only good thing that came out of this matchup was that LeBron was hardly rusty in his first game back after his injury. This means that there is hope that he can help the Lakers get back on the horse before it’s too late.

They are facing the Detroit Pistons next up, a team barely holding it together in the East with a 4-11 record. This is the perfect opportunity for them to get a fresh start and add victories to their record. Can he pull that off?

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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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