‘If it was LeBron James, they’d have stopped the game’: NBA Twitter criticizes Lakers star for dangerous play on Mikal Bridges

Amulya Shekhar
|Published 19/12/2020

LeBron James appeared to affect Mikal Bridges while landing after a layup, causing a lot of consternation on NBA Twitter.

The Lakers have started off the season in great fashion, sealing 4 straight preseason wins, with 2 coming over the Clippers. The third win was a bit more of a contest against the Suns led by Chris Paul.

The fourth game was easily the toughest of the lot. The Lakers went into their locker room at halftime down by double digits. Despite benching Chris Paul, the Suns were running riot on the Lakers’ interior.

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It took Anthony Davis playing 30 minutes and going off for 35 points – most of them coming in the second half – for the Lakers to stage a comeback. The Suns sat their starters out for most of the second half.

LeBron James accused of undercutting Mikal Bridges on layup attempt in 1st quarter

Midway through the first quarter, the Lakers were already down by double digits when Mikal Bridges went for a layup. He got past James and laid the ball in on the other side of the rim.

During the play, it appeared as though James had extended his elbow as Bridges went into the air. This changed the youngster’s orientation mid-air, causing him to fall heavily on his back.

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This comes in the wake of James fouling Bridges on a corner 3-pointer attempt in their previous game.

The criticism for James piled on after the incident.

The Lakers will start their regular season campaign at the Staples Center against the Clippers.


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