“Ain’t no fun when the rabbit got the gun”: Jae Crowder pwns LeBron James with Instagram post after Suns beat Lakers 4-2

Amulya Shekhar
|Published June 05, 2021

Jae Crowder has been on a tear in terms of confrontations with LeBron James of late, particularly on social media.

The Phoenix Suns made the second round of the NBA playoffs after ‘upsetting’ the defending champion Lakers Thursday night. They capitalized fully on the absence of Anthony Davis to put the Lakers away emphatically in Games 4, 5 and 6.

One of the important factors in their path to success was the stout defense their forwards played on LeBron James. Jae Crowder, Mikal Bridges and Cameron Johnson all did a phenomenal job on the King whenever they got this assignment. Crowder, in particular, was matched up a ton with both LeBron and Anthony Davis.

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This isn’t the first time that Crowder has received the LeBron assignment in his career. He’s already faced him in 3 past series – twice with Boston and last year’s Finals with Miami. Consequentially, there’s been a ton of trash talk, a ton of give and take from both sides.

Crowder has finished on the losing side the past 3 times despite his best efforts. That’s perhaps the reason why he’s so upbeat about finally getting over the hump.

Jae Crowder cleverly uses a LeBron James tweet against him

Anthony Davis had put the Suns to the sword in a regular season contest back in May. This was at the time when James sat the game out with injury and AD had put up some monster numbers to help the Lakers past Phoenix.

James had put out this cryptic tweet in the wake of this performance.

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It seems that Jae Crowder was referencing this in his own social media post following the Suns’ series win. At least, that’s what it seems like from the pic carousel he posted on Instagram. Comprised solely of moments where he ‘owns’ LeBron. Go figure.

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With all due respect to LeBron James, do you ever think Michael Jordan would’ve been slandered like this in the social media era? This is top tier banter from the Suns forward, and NBA fans are absolutely lapping it up. NBA Twitter has thrown up some real gems:

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We urge you to enjoy this rivalry to your heart’s content. It’ll be great fun if the two teams run it back and clash in next year’s playoffs.

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Amulya Shekhar

Amulya Shekhar

Amulya Shekhar is a sports junkie who thrives on the thrills and frills of live sports action across basketball, football (the American variant works too), parkour, adventure sports. He believes sports connect us to our best selves, and he hopes to help people experience sports more holistically.

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