King James admitted to watching the Nuggets vs Clippers series closely. But according to him, he did so from a purely scouting standpoint.
The LA Clippers became the second team in this year’s playoffs to blow a 3-1 lead against the Denver Nuggets. They lost Games 5 and 6 of the series despite leading by 16 and 19 points respectively.
They have been the butt of all jokes and criticism on social media over the past 2 days, and with good reason.
LeBron James dismisses talk of wanting to face Clippers to settle scores
The rivalry between the Clippers and the Lakers was the major talk throughout the season. Many believed that these are the top two teams in the league, based in the same town as well.
The Clippers have finished above the Lakers for 7 straight seasons. Before Anthony Davis’s arrival, the Lakers had missed 6 straight playoffs. Some bad blood was expected between the crosstown rivals.
However, with the Clippers never having made a conference final, it seems as if LeBron James was trying to take a dig the Kawhi Leonard led franchise.
While the two teams were pitted to face each other in the WCF all year long, LeBron sort of hinted in his recent interview, that the Lakers are far superior and did not really have any scores to settle with the Clippers.
LeBron James on Clippers/Nuggets Game 7 – “I really don’t have a comment about it. I was just watching the game from a fans perspective and scouting both teams at the same time.”
Any part of you wanted a chance to face them and settle it?
LBJ – “Nah. What were we settling?” pic.twitter.com/zi4VAC6o0q
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) September 17, 2020
The Lakers have behaved in an utmost professional manner so far during the bubble. They have been buoyed by the addition of their family members to the setting. This has normalized life away from home for so long for them.
All the Lakers need to do now is beat the lesser talented Nuggets. Having LeBron James on one’s side does kind of help seal that deal. James will look to make the 10th NBA Finals of his career.