WATCH: LeBron James Had Predicted Greatness for Stephen Curry Even Before He Landed in NBA

Published 01/18/2021, 8:30 AM EST
CLEVELAND, UNITED STATES – JUNE 16: LeBron James (R) of Cavaliers and Stephen Curry (L) of Warriors in action during the Game 6 of the 2015 NBA Finals between Golden State Warriors vs Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena on June 16, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Cem Ozdel/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


The Los Angeles Lakers take on the Golden State Warriors tonight. It is the battle of two MVPs and also two rivals in LeBron James and Stephen Curry. Although they haven’t had a significant battle since the 2018 NBA Finals, this could be an interesting matchup.

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Both of them hail from the same town of Akron, Ohio. And both of them have turned out to be incredible basketball players.

Interestingly, LeBron knew about Curry’s talent before he entered the league, and it can be seen in a throwback video from 2008. The official NBA account posted a video of LeBron driving to watch Curry play in an NCAA Men’s basketball game, and during the drive, he praises the Davidson College star.

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He said, “I think he knows how to play the game of basketball. Being the son of a former NBA player, Dell Curry, he was taught well how to play the game of basketball. He has the talent. He’s good, I was impressed. Played really good against a very, very tough defensive-minded Wisconsin. I think we all know how tough Wisconsin defense is, and he shattered them.”

Who comes out on top tonight? LeBron James or Stephen Curry

Over the years, LeBron’s Cavaliers and Curry’s Warriors had some amazing bouts. While Curry has had more wins so far, LeBron and the Lakers are favorites for tonight.

The Lakers are currently 11-3 and have continued their championship form from last season. Two of their losses have been unexpected ones where the team failed to show up.

But except for those two results, they have looked very organized on both ends. They rank 6th in points scored and 3rd in points allowed.

Jan 10, 2021; Houston, Texas, USA; LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers and teammates react during the fourth quarter of a game against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on January 10, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Mandatory Credit: Carmen Mandato/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

The Warriors, on the other hand, are struggling. Curry has been carrying their offense and has solely taken them to most of their wins.

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Tonight, that might not be enough, as the Lakers have a lot in their arsenal that the Warriors have no answer to. They have one of the worst defenses in the league, and they will be put to the test tonight.

December 12, 2020; San Francisco, California, USA; Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (left) and teammates celebrate against the Denver Nuggets during the fourth quarter at Chase Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

It could be a breeze for LeBron and the Lakers tonight, who will be keen to extend their lead at the top with a win.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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