PIT in 2 years, can Lebron bring back the memories of the winning shot?
LeBron James goes to his second play-in tournament.
The Los Angeles Lakers will face off against the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2022-2023 NBA Play-In Tournament at the Los Angeles Crypto.com Arena on the 12th (Korean time).
The Lakers started the season with five straight losses. He overcame the worst situation in front of him and finished the regular season in 7th place. Not many expected the Lakers, who fell to the bottom of the Western Conference, to achieve this kind of performance.
‘King’ Lebron James led the team’s rebound by showing off his competitiveness for his age. Although he missed a lot of games due to injuries, he was still a great player when he was on the court. He finished his 20th regular season averaging 28.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 6.8 assists.
Unfortunately, LeBron and the Lakers, who failed to go directly to the playoffs by a single point, immediately participate in the play-in tournament schedule. This isn’t the first time they’ve been to a play-in tournament. After finishing the regular season in 7th place in the 2020-2021 season, he played a play-in tournament with the Golden State Warriors.
The game at that time left a good memory for LeBron. LeBron, who was sluggish in the first half, but revived in the second half and changed the flow of the game. Lebron, who was fouled in the eye by Draymond Green, hit a decisive winning 3-pointer and gave the Lakers a ticket to the playoffs. After the game, LeBron joked that he looked like he had three rims after getting a gouge in his eye.
The Lakers’ opponent this time is Minnesota. Like the Lakers, Minnesota, who had a fierce battle for ranking, managed to turn over in the last game of the regular season and took 8th place.
However, apart from the final game victory, Minnesota’s current team atmosphere is the worst. Rudy Gobert was suspended for punching Kyle Anderson during the game, and forward Jayden McDaniels suffered a season-out injury after punching a wall. It means that two key players left in an instant.
LeBron’s pace ahead of the showdown isn’t bad. He sprained before Phoenix, but he raised his senses by driving 36 points in the final game against Utah. Unlike Minnesota, the fact that the team does not have any sidelines is a big advantage. Additionally, the games between the two teams will be held at the Lakers’ home. 먹튀검증
First of all, Lebron is not lowering his guard against his opponent. He noted the offensive power of Anthony Edwards and Carl-Anthony Towns.
“It will be a challenge for everyone,” LeBron said. “I have experience in playoff games,” he said.
“The fact that we don’t have to go away is good. We’ve been away a lot lately, so it’s positive to be able to stay at home, but that doesn’t mean we can’t play loose. We have to stay relaxed and play.”
In the game between the Lakers and Minnesota, the winning team will advance to the playoffs as the 7th seed, while the losing team will compete against the 9th-10th seed winner for the 8th seed.
Ending the play-in tournament in one fell swoop is an advantage for the future. Can Lebron leave a good memory in this play-in tournament?