‘Dude’s a Beast’: Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma Praises LeBron James for His Resilience

Published 02/11/2021, 8:30 AM EST
Feb 10, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) controls the ball against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Luguentz Dort (5) during the overtime period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers worked their socks off once again, as they beat the OKC Thunder tonight. They had to go to overtime again, but they showed no weariness while overcoming the Thunder for the second night in a row. LeBron James led from the front and was once again their hero.

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This was his third game in a row playing over 40 minutes. But the 36-year-old gave his 100% throughout the game and didn’t look tired. During the post-game interview, Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma praised LeBron for this resilience.

He said, “Being tired is just in your head… that dude’s a beast. If he says he doesn’t get tired, he doesn’t get tired.”

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Feb 8, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is defended by Oklahoma City Thunder center Al Horford (42) and forward Justin Jackson (44) in the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-A TODAY Sports

LeBron is now averaging 35.5 minutes per game, which is the sixth-highest for a 36-year-old in NBA history. But none of the five players above him in that list were in their 18th season in the league. LeBron has been doing this for almost two decades now, but he isn’t ready to stop anytime soon.

LeBron James wins the game with two clutch plays

The Lakers came into the game without Anthony Davis. He was diagnosed with an Achilles’ tendinosis and hasn’t played their last two games. But further affecting the Lakers tonight was their poor three-point shooting. They shot 28% as a team from the three-point line and couldn’t get their offense going.

With just 20 seconds left on the clock, the Lakers were trailing by three. LeBron took responsibility and drained a three to bring them level. As the team looked to him to rescue them, he stepped up and took responsibility.

In overtime, LeBron didn’t take a single shot until the last few seconds. He had an important bailout pass to Wesley Matthews, who made a huge three-pointer. With just 4.3 seconds left, the Lakers were up by one point, but the Thunder had possession. As the Thunder took the inbound, LeBron sprinted and got the clutch interception, which sealed the win for the Lakers.

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The Lakers need Davis to return soon, because LeBron is getting overworked right now. Tonight they had their third consecutive overtime game, which has happened for the first time since 1991/92. They have a few tricky games ahead, and they need the full team healthy for those games.

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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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