It’s now less than a week before Christmas Day, and you can almost start to feel the NBA world (as well as the roster of the Los Angeles Lakers) looking forward to the marquee matchup between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers.
It’ll be the first time that the two teams have faced each other since the season opener on October 22nd, where the Clippers led the Lakers for pretty much the entire night before winning 112-102. Although Anthony Davis (25 points) and Danny Green (28 points) had amazing Lakers debuts, LeBron James didn’t put up one of his usual, stellar performances in his second season debut for the Lakers. He eventually ended the game with 18 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists, and five turnovers.
It’s only the third time that LeBron has scored less than 20 points this season (Lakers are 1-2 in those games), with LeBron just not seeming like he was in his normal rhythm with the season just getting underway.
Anthony Davis was on ESPN’s First Take on Wednesday and when he was asked about the Lakers and Clippers first matchup, he stated that we will be seeing a “different” LeBron James once Christmas rolls around.
I don’t think LeBron (James) was in a rhythm yet. He’s locked in differently, I mean, it was obviously our first game, guys are still gellin’, he’s trying to get everyone involved, he’s trying to get me involved. Like I said it was a home game for them, you know, it’s going to be a home game for us. He’s in a better rhythm than he was game one, he’s in better shape, it’s going to be a different LeBron on Christmas Day, I guarantee it.
"It's going to be a different LeBron on Christmas Day, I guarantee it."
Anthony Davis on the re-match with the Clippers 👀👀👀 pic.twitter.com/s32XWP9UZ5
— First Take (@FirstTake) December 18, 2019
As of now, LeBron James is averaging 25.9 points, 10.6 assists, and 7.4 rebounds per game. Hopefully, we will see some output more around those numbers and not around his season opener. But most of all, let’s hope that the Lakers can shut up the haters for a second and beat the Clippers.