Lakers’ Frank Vogel Praises LeBron James for Making ‘Elite Superhero Types of Plays’

Published 01/06/2021, 12:15 AM EST
Dec 25, 2020; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) drives past Dallas Mavericks forward Dorian Finney-Smith (10) and Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (77) for a basket in the first quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers survived a scare from the Memphis Grizzlies tonight. They edged them out by two points, by virtue of a clutch performance from star LeBron James.

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Coach Frank Vogel was impressed and appreciate Bron during the post-game press conference. He talked about how he always trusts LeBron in the fourth quarter and later spoke about how LeBron makes “elite superhero types of plays.”

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James shot 4-5 from the field in the fourth quarter, including an incredibly tough fadeaway over Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks. With this shot, he reminded Brooks he was ‘too little’ to guard him.

Lakers came close to giving up the game but survived

LeBron followed that fadeaway with a block on Brandon Clarke at the other end. The Lakers built a solid nine-point lead, but then the Grizzlies came back with a three. Anthony Davis carelessly gave away the ball which later ended up in another two points for the Grizzlies.

The Lakers couldn’t stop fumbling as LeBron lost the ball to Clarke. He tried to hold the ball and just stand in his own paint, but Clarke snatched it away. The Grizzlies forward then converted the layup to cut the deficit to just three.

On the inbound, Dennis Schroder and LeBron passed it around before James lobbed the ball to Kuzma for an easy finish. The Lakers led 94-89 with 3.5 seconds left. The Grizzlies didn’t give up either, and scored a three, and were behind by just two points with 1.2 seconds left. They almost stole the ball on the inbound, but the buzzer rang, giving the Lakers the win.

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LeBron James and Anthony Davis still the best duo in the league

After the Nets signed them, Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving were hyped to be the best duo in the league. But tonight’s performance was just a reminder that LeBron and AD are the clear holders of that title. The duo combined for 52 points and shot above 50% from the field. They both had double digits in rebounds too and played almost 35 minutes to ensure the win.

Jan 1, 2021; San Antonio, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) backs in against San Antonio Spurs forward Rudy Gay (22) in the first half at the AT&T Center. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Dunn-USA TODAY Sports

This victory will be a bit too close for their liking, so the Lakers need to put away games early, and not leave them till late. They are up against the Spurs next, who are coming off a win against the Clippers.

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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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