The Los Angeles Lakers were swept off their winning streak by the Phoenix Suns with 105-115 points last night. Although the team lost, Anthony Davis displayed a performance that was a treat for the audience to watch. The nine-time All-star was spectacular, scoring 37 points, 21 rebounds, and two assists in 38 minutes of playing time on the court. He has finally started to play like the future face of the Lakers. But will his game be affected by the return of LeBron James in the lineup on Friday when they play the Spurs again?
Are The Lakers Capable Even Without LeBron James?
The Lakers had a great run until yesterday when they saw the face of defeat by the Suns. Before the game against them, LA enjoyed three continuous wins after a long run of disappointing results. But the head coach Darvin Ham stayed positive about his team’s condition even after losing on the night. He appreciated the two players who recently returned to the lineup after a long recovery.
Ham said that Dennis Schroder and Thomas Bryant came on the court to display a very competitive performance. However, the return of Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis remains the magic ingredient for the winning run of the Lakers. Hollywood has flourished more in the absence of LeBron James in five games than in the whole season.
The 37-year-old suffered a groin injury in an awkward fall in the game against the Los Angeles Clippers. It has been two weeks since LeBron James has been on the sidelines due to his injury. Many people have started to believe that maybe LeBron should not be the main piece in the Lakers roster.
After all, AD has shown tremendous performance and even created history while doing it. Meanwhile, King James has only been decent on th court, scoring a season-high of 30 points in his last appearance for LA. On the other hand, Anthony scored 30 plus points in four out of five games that the Akron Hammer has missed.
King James To Makes A Return After Five Games
The absence of the 18-time All-star was seen as a mighty disaster. Fortunately, that was not the case for the Lakers, as the roster managed to do 3-2 without their star player. This newfound rhythm allowed the staff and even LeBron James to recover fully before returning to action. The four-time NBA champion is set to return on Friday in the game against the Spurs in San Antonio. But the million-dollar question remains whether the Brow could perform at a similar level with James by his side.
There is no doubt that LeBron James is putting up decent performances, but the 29-year-old center is on another level. If the two could find a rhythm that could improve both of their game, it would be a win-win for the Lakers. However, the return of the star Laker will put a psychological impact on the roster, as James has always been a great leader for the team.
Meanwhile, the Spurs Legend Gregg Popovich appreciated LeBron for handling the criticism from people so well. James is such a mega start that people sometimes tend to forget the human side of the great athlete and that the 37-year-old is doing everything he can for the team.