“There’s no if, ands or buts”: LeBron James issues warning to Lakers’ role players after disappointing Game 1 loss

LeBron James didn’t say anything less when he advised the supporting players to step up for the team as the challenges were ahead in the final six games of their opening series against the Denver Nuggets in the 2024 NBA playoffs.

The Nuggets won Game 1 with 114-103 at the Ball Arena, maintaining their 9-0 record against the Lakers. Although LeBron James and Anthony Davis performed very well, they lacked good bench support. In a post-game interview, LeBron talked about the importance of the role players, highlighting their critical role in competing against Denver, who outperformed the Lakers in various ways during the showdown.

“I’ve never played on a championship team that didn’t pay attention to detail. There’s no if, ands or buts about it. You have to,” LeBron James said.

Throughout his impressive 21-year NBA career, LeBron James has consistently led his teams to the playoffs, facing tough opponents year after year. As a four-time NBA champion, he focuses more on attention to detail during playoff games, and he mentioned the same in the interview.

Last night, Anthony Davis led the Lakers with an impressive 32 points and 14 rebounds, while LeBron James added 27 points, six rebounds, and eight assists. However, the Nuggets’ bench players scored 17 points, outscoring the Lakers’ bench, with Taurean Prince leading the way with 11 points. On the flip side, Lakers’ Spencer Dinwiddie and Gabe Vincent did not score, while Cam Reddish, Christian Wood, and Jarred Vanderbilt were on the sidelines due to injuries.

However, LeBron James still stole the spotlight with yet another incredible feat at 39, even in a game that ended in defeat.

LeBron James Shocks NBA with 33-feet three pointer

During the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers game against the Denver Nuggets, LeBron James shocked everyone in the NBA with a spectacular play. Just before the buzzer, he made an incredible 33-foot three-pointer that was his longest of the season. Even though LeBron’s team lost the game, his performance was noteworthy.

LeBron James’ long-range basket was a significant demonstration of his talent and resolve at that precise moment. LeBron’s accomplishment is all the more remarkable, considering that he has struggled with his three-point shooting this season, given he is nearing the end of his career. Remains to be seen if the Lakers will take some burden off his shoulders and come up clutch for their superstar in the next game.

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