The Los Angeles Lakers have traveled a long way to land the seventh seed in the league final. The struggles, highs, and lows are behind now, and the team will require constant performance from now on. It is clear that the margin of error will get slimmer and slimmer as the Lakers keep climbing up the stairs. However, the team looks more confident and closer to each other to come across Memphis Grizzlies on Sunday. But are they ready to face the second-spot holders in the Western Conference playoff series?
After missing the playoff last season, it will be a necessity for the team to go a long way into the postseason. LeBron James has got a lot to prove this year. Meanwhile, the legacy that he would want to leave behind will also be on the line. Austin Reaves gave some insights into the team and how they are preparing for the first playoff game in two years. Even the 24-year-old himself will have his first taste of the playoffs this year. Therefore it is important for the youngster to keep up and display his best performance on Sunday.
LeBron James’ Zero Dark Thirty Mode Before the Lakers Head Into The Playoffs
The 38-year-old has been there whenever it mattered the most for his team. It is his consistency and ability to step forward in a time of need that makes him such a special player. And playoffs are that time when LeBron descends to just another level. According to Austin, LeBron has locked himself to the target. One of the most important qualities that the pros depict is their process of preparing for the games. And Reaves said, “He’s one of the best pros when it comes to being ready for every game.”
"Last couple of days have been really nice. We've gotten together as a team… really locked in and studied all the film." Austin Reaves on the #Lakers reseting to prepare for the first round. pic.twitter.com/bACtjVP0RV— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) April 15, 2023
LeBron James follows a special routine when he wants to prepare for the special playoff games. He cuts down on social media to silence all noise from the outside world to focus entirely on his game. This is one of the many practices that James uses to push his inner beast out on the court. However, the game against the Grizzlies will be about whether the old James is back or not.
“LeBron Is The Champion,” Coach Ham
The first-time head coach is so supportive of all his players, even when they put up a bad performance. Either he is one of the greatest coaches or coaching Anthony Davis, and LeBron humbles him. Anyways he realized that the team was making many errors, like losing possessions and defensive mistakes, but he kept praising. He said, “Just a champion,” when asked about LeBron’s performance.
Although he made 30 points, ten rebounds, and six assists to bring his team back from the 15-point deficit, there are other aspects of the game. But for now, Ham is happy with the performance, and he promises to bring much better against Memphis Grizzlies.