The Los Angeles Lakers are headed back to the NBA Finals, and LeBron James had a monster game to help send them there.
James posted a triple-double in the Lakers’ 117-107 win over the Denver Nuggets in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday night in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
James scored 22 in the second half, including 16 in the fourth quarter, to help seal the win. He shot 15-for-25 with 16 rebounds and 10 assists. Anthony Davis added 27 for the Lakers.
James made just one three-pointer in the game, but it was a dagger with just under two minutes left.
James said after the game that merely reaching the NBA Finals was not a reason to celebrate. Rather, he wants to wait until the team achieves its bigger goal first.
“We are going to enjoy it tonight, but we understand we got bigger fish to fry. We understand there’s a bigger goal but we can’t take this for granted because this doesn’t happen every year to anybody,” James said.
James has now become the fourth player to reach the NBA Finals 10 times. His Lakers await the winner of the Eastern Conference Finals between Boston and Miami.
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LeBron James and Anthony Davis have successfully teamed up this season and have the Los Angeles Lakers a win away from the NBA Finals. The two have nice on-court chemistry, and even have a funny indicator that is critical to their relationship.
James shared after Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals on Thursday how he uses Davis’ unibrow to gauge whether to talk with the big man.
“See how low his brow is. If his brow is really low, then you know not to talk to him,” James said, via Melissa Rohlin. “If it’s higher, then he’s accepted the fact that you’re allowed to come into his office and talk to him. Yesterday his brow was very low.”
That means Davis had an all-business attitude on Wednesday ahead of Game 4. The focus paid off with a 34-point game.
Davis is averaging nearly 29 points per game this postseason and has been especially effective against Denver. In the Lakers’ series with the Nuggets, Davis is averaging 32.3 points per game and has been the star on offense.
Davis must have been keeping his brow especially low the past two weeks. His comments after hitting the winning shot in Game 2 seemed to confirm that focus.
LeBron James joined a chorus of athletes sharing their dissatisfaction with Wednesday’s announcement of charges related to the death of Breonna Taylor.
James shared his thoughts in the form of a few tweets on the subject.
Taylor was killed on March 13 after being caught in crossfire between three officers and Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker.
The officers, wearing plainclothes with vests identifying them as police officers, were at Taylor’s apartment in Louisville, Kentucky to serve a knock-and-announce warrant. The warrant was issued as part of an investigation into the alleged selling of controlled drug substances involving Taylor’s ex-boyfriend.
The officers and a witness say they announced themselves before entering the home. They broke the door off its hinges in order to enter. Walker, suspecting an intruder, fired at the door. He said he heard banging at the door but did not hear police announce themselves. His shot hit Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly in the thigh. The officers responded by firing several shots. Taylor was shot five times and killed during the crossfire. Officer Brett Hankison, who was fired by the Louisville Police Department, fired 10 rounds into the apartment.
A Kentucky grand jury determined the police officers acted in self-defense and were justified in using force. The officers were not charged in Taylor’s death.
Hankison has been charged with wanton endangerment for shots that entered a home next door that had people in it.
Last week, the City of Louisville paid $12 million to Taylor’s family for the 26-year-old’s death.
The results of the grand jury’s findings led to several protests throughout the country and criticism from dissatisfied athletes like James.
Jamal Murray was called for a flagrant foul for an elbow to LeBron James’ jaw.
James’ Los Angeles Lakers were taking the ball out early in the third quarter of Game 3 of the Western Conference Finals on Tuesday. After inbounding the ball, James then went to screen Murray. Murray elbowed James in the jaw as he was fighting off the screen.
The officials in the game reviewed the play and gave Murray the flagrant foul.
James made one of two free throws following the flagrant foul. He missed a jumper after that but then made three baskets in a row for the Lakers.
Murray had 14 points and 10 assists through that point in the game.
Colby Covington beat up on Tyron Woodley in their UFC fight on Saturday night, and then he kept the shots coming.
Covington defeated Woodley via 5th-round TKO at UFC Fight Night in Las Vegas to improve to 16-2 in his pro MMA career.
Covington, who proudly supports Donald Trump and regularly wears a “Make America Great Again” hat, spoke with the president after his fight. He dedicated his fight to the military and first responders. He also said he was sick of all the “woke athletes,” such as LeBron James, whom he called a “spineless coward.”
This isn’t the first time Covington has gone after James. He challenged the Los Angeles Laker when the NBA canceled its games after the Bucks decided not to play on Aug. 26.
Covington is billing himself as “The People’s Champ” and proud that he was the first UFC champion invited to the White House.
Covington against James in the octagon would make for quite a fight.
Covington isn’t the only person who has called out James lately.
If you’re the Denver Nuggets, you have to be concerned about the comment made by LeBron James on Friday night.
James had 15 points and 12 assists in the Los Angeles Lakers’ 126-114 win over the Nuggets in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. He learned earlier in the day that he finished second in the NBA MVP vote behind Giannis Antetokounmpo. The Milwaukee Bucks star got 85 first-place votes, while James received 16.
James admitted that the vote “pis-ed me off.”
Despite being upset, James also acknowledged that Antetokounmpo deserved the award.
So why is this problematic for Denver? If James is angry because he feels slighted over not winning the award, then maybe he will be even more motivated to win the series. That’s bad news for Denver.
For now, it was actually Anthony Davis who dominated. Davis had 37 points and 10 rebounds in the Lakers’ victory. If anything, this tells us that Charles Barkley’s prediction could come true.
The NBA is Giannis Antetokounmpo’s league and LeBron James is just playing in it — at least according to the 2020 MVP voting.
Antetokounmpo has been named MVP of the NBA for a second consecutive year. He received 85 first-place votes compared to LeBron’s 16. Giannis had a total of 962 points, which was slightly more than the 941 he got last year when beating out James Harden. Antetokounmpo and LeBron were the only players to receive first-place votes.
Here are the full results:
The vast majority of voters felt that Giannis was once again the best player in the NBA, and it’s hard to argue with that. The Milwaukee Bucks star averaged a career-high 29.5 points and 13.6 rebounds per game this season. He also had 5.6 assists per game. LeBron had 25.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 10.2 assists per game.
We know at least one of LeBron’s teammates who is not going to be happy about the voting results, but they were hardly a surprise.
Vanessa Bryant responded via Instagram to a challenge issued by the Los Angeles County Sheriff.
On Monday, LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva challenged LeBron James to match a reward for the gunman who shot two Los Angeles police officers on Saturday.
Bryant decided to issue some criticism at Villanueva, sharing screenshots of tweets that were critical of the sheriff.
Bryant has filed a lawsuit against the sheriff’s department over officers sharing photos of the helicopter crash site where her late husband Kobe and daughter Gianna died.
Despite her criticism of the sheriff’s department, she did include one positive message.
“Not all deputies are bad apples. Prayers for the 2 deputies that were shot,” she wrote.
In addition to her lawsuit against the sheriff’s department, Bryant is suing the helicopter company for wrongful death.
LeBron James has been active in his pursuit of social justice, and now a sheriff is asking for James’ help in seeking justice for two police officers.
Two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies were ambushed and shot by a gunman on Saturday night in Compton, Calif. The gunman approached the police car without provocation and shot the officers from close range, video shows. The officers underwent surgery on Saturday and were listed in critical condition.
Authorities on Sunday announced a $100,000 reward in connection with the manhunt.
In an interview on KABC in Los Angeles Monday, Los Angeles County sheriff Alex Villanueva challenged James to match the reward.
“I want to make a challenge. This challenge is to LeBron James,” Villanueva said. “I want you to match that and double that reward because I know you care about law enforcement.
“You expressed a very interesting statement on race relations and officer-involved shootings and the impact that it has on the African-American community and I appreciate that, but likewise, we need to appreciate that respect for life goes across professions, races, creeds, and I’d like to see LeBron James step up to the plate and double that.”
Thanks to extra private pledges, the amount of the reward is up to $175,000.
“I’ll be very curious to see what his response is, if any,” Villanueva said of James.
James is in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. along with his Los Angeles Lakers, who are awaiting the winner of the Denver Nuggets-Los Angeles Clippers series in the Western Conference Final.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma is not impressed so far with the NBA’s award winners.
Kuzma had a warning for the media about the NBA MVP vote, suggesting that if LeBron James doesn’t win, there will be issues.
Kuzma clearly feels that Anthony Davis should have won Defensive Player of the Year, but he lost out to Giannis Antetokounmpo. The same might take place with the MVP award, with Antetokounmpo likely to beat James for the trophy.
Kuzma is backing a teammate. We know that. Giannis is also a star who was the unquestioned leader of the Bucks as they led the Eastern Conference. The Bucks star averaged a career-high 29.5 points, 13.6 rebounds, and 1.4 three-pointers made per game, outpacing James in every statistical category except assists. The Bucks also had a better record than the Lakers.
Yes, their playoff run was a huge disappointment, but MVP is a regular season award.
There are some voters backing LeBron for MVP, but their reasons are controversial. Kuzma is probably going to be left disappointed again.