Skip Bayless calls out LeBron James for a lackluster performance in Game 5 against the Suns in Anthony Davis’s absence due to injury.
The script flipped on the Los Angeles Lakers as in a matter of half of a week as it was merely a few days ago in Game 3 where it felt as though LeBron James and company would run away with the series after looking like they were having the time of their lives on the bench and on the court. Fast-forward to present day and the defending champs are on the brink of elimination.
Skip Bayless proclaimed prior to last night’s Game 5 that it was the most important game of LeBron James’s 18-year career. While this is a ludicrous statement to make considering the fact that James has played in over 30 Finals games, it was crucial in terms of being a litmus test of sorts for whether he still had it in him to put his team on his back and carry them to a win.
Though the ‘King’ did drop 25 points and dished out 7 assists on the night, it was clear that he wasn’t looking to take over nor dominate in classic LeBron fashion.
Skip Bayless goes on a rant about LeBron James hitting a wall against the Suns in Game 5.
As much as Skip Bayless loves to beat up on LeBron James, he did give him his flowers by claiming this was the first time he’d seen the 4x champ run up against a wall. Skip and Shannon took to their most recent episode of Undisputed to talk about LeBron James and his subpar performance.
Last night was LeBron’s night to set the table for his team and take over the game. But he didn’t look right all night after his opening salvo. He looked overwhelmed by the responsibility of trying to take the game over without AD. More @Undisputed, now on FS1 https://t.co/A9nRdrMvRZ
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) June 2, 2021
Skip does have a point here as LeBron James looked quite helpless against the wall the Suns had built on the interior to prevent him from getting into the lane for foul calls or dish outs to the perimeter. More than LeBron James underperforming, it was the Phoenix Suns with DeAndre Ayton down low who essentially put a lock on the paint.
If Anthony Davis remains sidelined for Game 6, the Suns may very well finish off the series on Staples Center.