Best Tuesday performances in the NBA Playoffs, No. 2: LeBron James
Special Consideration: Anthony Davis & Dennis Schroeder
After LeBron James‘ and Anthony Davis’ poor performance in Game 1 of this series, I felt that they would come back with a vengeance in Game 2. And even though LeBron struggled in Game 1 and had a great stat line in Tuesday’s Game 2, with 23 points, nine assists, and four rebounds, I felt like he was somewhat passive, especially in the first half.
That being said, every shot that LeBron made in the second half seemed to be very timely and demoralizing to the Phoenix Suns.
James took advantage of the matchups that Phoenix threw at him through the course of the game. Whether it was Cam Johnson or Mikal Bridges trying to guard him, it was apparent they had no chance. Several times LeBron took his time backed them down and shot his patented turn-around jumper. Which always seem to come at the end of the shot clock or at a big moment.
Davis and Dennis Schroder each played great as well but what separates their performance from LeBron’s is LeBron’s big-play ability. With under a minute to go, after a small Lakers run that gave them so momentum as the Lakers went into their offense, LeBron takes advantage of Suns forward Jae Crowder as he went under an Anthony Davis ball screen. James hits the 3 to give the Lakers a 10point lead and put the nail in the coffin so to speak. In front of a hostile Phoenix crowd.
This series is nodded up at 1-1 after the Lakers won 109-102 and is headed back to LA for Games 3 and 4.