The Los Angeles Lakers lost 100-92, when they lost Anthony Davis to a groin injury on Sunday afternoon and will not receive sympathy from the Phoenix Suns or any remaining playoff teams. Played the first round of the Western Conference playoff series with very limited Chris Paul (shoulder). Of course, the Lakers also have LeBron James, the 36-year-old is still trying to get rid of his ankle. An injury caused him to lose more than one-third of the season’s LeBron James.
However, this version of James is just over 20 years old. And this is not a serious ankle injury. Until now, James in the mid-1930s has kept a distance. Or he has resisted the influence of age and continues to become one of the most dominant players in the NBA. But the Lakers’ championship defense now depends on whether that version of James can get them to beat the Suns, who drew 2-2 in their fifth game against Phoenix on Tuesday.
Another thing is that James’ lineup also needs to be strengthened. Dennis Schroeder must do a better job than his loss in Game 4, when he scored 8 points on 3 of 13 shots. Kyle Kuzma will have to retire. Top scorer, focused on his game throughout the season. James surpassed the Lakers in points (25), rebounds (12) and assists (6) on Sunday, making him the oldest player in NBA history since the end of the season.
The Suns watched their own version of the movie last week. Along with Paul, he himself is a 36-year-old player with a contemptuous age. Since his shoulder injury in the first half of the series on May 23, he has been a self-protective person, so much so that Phoenix coach Monty Williams wanted him to participate in the fourth game: in a match with Williams and the general manager.
James’ team briefing lasted 20 minutes before Sunday’s game, and Jones finally convinced the team to give Paul a chance to start. Now, the 36-year-old couple has won three consecutive victories. The future Hall of Fame members also good friends, will be fighting for the chance to maintain the season and hope for the championship.