Sep 17, 2020
LeBron James Sends Strong Message to Lakers Teammate Anthony Davis
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Getty LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Los Angeles Lakers have their eyes on a championship, but making some history with both Anthony Davis and LeBron James landing on the All-NBA First-Team was a nice treat on Wednesday.
It was the first time teammates earned First-Team selections since Steve Nash and Amar’e Stoudemire did it during the 2006-07 season.It also marked the 13th time James was named a First-Team selection, moving him past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Kobe Bryant for the most All-NBA selections (16) in a career.
The 2020 All-NBA First Team
⭐️ Luka Doncic
⭐️ James Harden
⭐️ LeBron James
⭐️ Giannis Antetokounmpo
⭐️ Anthony Davis pic.twitter.com/4slUYMDBJm
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) September 16, 2020
But he didn’t get hung up on his honor. Instead, James heaped praise on Davis, calling him a “generational talent.”
“CONGRATULATIONS my woe!!!!!! Proud of you bro FR FR!! Keep going,” James wrote on Instagram. “Generational Talent at its FINEST man!! INCREDIBLE!”View this post on Instagram
CONGRATULATIONS my woe!!!!!! Proud of you bro FR FR!! Keep going. Generational Talent at it’s FINEST man!! INCREDIBLE! ???????????????????????????????? #YoungKing????〰️
A post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on Sep 16, 2020 at 2:52pm PDT
Luka Doncic, James Harden and Giannis Antetokounmpo joined the Laker duo on the First Team.
The All-NBA Second Team was made up of LA Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard (372 points), Denver Nuggets center Nikola Jokić (311), Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (284), Oklahoma City Thunder guard Chris Paul (199) and Toronto Raptors forward Pascal Siakam (168).
Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum (153 points), Miami Heat forward Jimmy Butler (147), Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert (110), Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons (61) and Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (56) were the All-NBA Third Team selections.LeBron James, Anthony Davis Have Lakers in Championship Chase
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Davis finished the regular season averaging 26.1 points, 9.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.3 blocks and 1.5 steals. He finished runner-up in Defensive Player of the Year voting.
In Year 17 of his career, James led the league in assists with 10.2 per game and put away 25.3 points per game. The King also snagged 7.8 rebounds this season.
James had long petitioned for Davis to land with the Lakers to be his co-star and has had high praise for him throughout the year. He previously called had dubbed him a generational talent in March back before the season was put on hold.
“It’s everything I expected and more. Obviously, that’s why I wanted him here. When you get a generational talent like that and you got an opportunity to get him, you just try to do whatever you can to get him,” James said, per Bleacher Report. “I gave my opinion on what I thought he could bring to this franchise. I gave my thoughts about the player—but not only the player, the person. Hopefully, they took my advice to heart. And obviously, ultimately they made the decision to do what we did in the offseason. It’s no surprise to me.”Kyle Kuzma Congratulates LeBron James, Anthony Davis
The biggest beneficiary of playing alongside James and Davis could be Lakers young forward Kyle Kuzma. He’s just in his third season, but gets to see up close two of the best to ever do it. Kuzma gave a shoutout to his mentors on social media following the award announcement.
“Getting basketball 101 from 1ST TEAM,” Kuzma wrote on a photo of the three together.View this post on Instagram
Getting basketball 101 from 1ST TEAM @kingjames @antdavis23
A post shared by Kyle Kuzma (@kuz) on Sep 16, 2020 at 3:13pm PDT
The Lakers are shifting their focus to the Denver Nuggets, a team fresh off of a 3-1 series comeback against the Los Angeles Clippers. However, that hasn’t earned the Mile High squad any respect. The Lakers are a massive -525 favorite to advance to the NBA Finals. Game 1 is scheduled for Friday.
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Nuggets, down 0-2 to Lakers, rally around rebound mentality
Kate Middleton Has a Mom Date at London Park as She Supports Families amid Coronavirus Existing home sales jump to 14-year high, as prices set another record Nuggets, down 0-2 to Lakers, rally around rebound mentality © APARC Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis (3) shoots a 3-point basket over Denver Nuggets' Nikola Jokic (15) at the end of an NBA conference final playoff basketball game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Lakers won 105-103. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
The Denver Nuggets prepare for the Los Angeles Lakers facing a 2-0 deficit in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday night at AdventHealth Arena near Orlando.
A series deficit is par for the Nuggets' course this postseason.
The Nuggets have been the king of comebacks in their two earlier series this postseason, rallying from 3-1 deficits to advance at the expense of Utah Jazz and the Los Angeles Clippers in the first two rounds.
"We're a group of guys that hate to lose," Nuggets coach Michael Malone said.
The Nuggets lost 126-114 in Game 1 of the best-of-seven and came within seconds of a get-even win in Game 2, falling 105-103 when Anthony Davis buried a contested 3-pointer just before the final horn.
The back-to-back wins give the top-seeded Lakers a 2-0 lead in a playoff series for the first time since 2012, when they still needed seven games to discard Denver in the first round.
The Lakers haven't lost a best-of-seven in which they led 2-0 since the 1969 NBA Finals against the Boston Celtics.
The last time Denver moved on after falling behind 2-0 was in 1994 in the memorable best-of-five, first-round matchup with Seattle. The Nuggets were the No. 8 seed and the SuperSonics were No. 1.
Malone left the court Sunday night believing another comeback remained a possibility.
"Some guys like to win, some guys hate to lose," he said. "One thing I know about our group: Even though we are disappointed, frustrated, angry, we'll use that motivation to come out and try to take Game 3."
The Nuggets' biggest improvements from Game 1 to Game 2 came on the defensive end, where they limited the Lakers to 44.6 percent shooting overall and 36.1 percent on 3-pointers after getting scorched for 53.0 percent overall and 44.6 percent on threes in the opener.
Denver forced 24 turnovers in the rematch after just 12 in Game 1.
An area of concern remains the defensive boards. The Lakers corralled 13 offensive rebounds in Game 2, including one by guard Danny Green in the final seconds to make Davis' dramatic hoop possible.
Davis has been the series' Most Valuable Player through two games, averaging 34.0 points. He is 23-for-44 from the field and 19-for-22 from the free throw line.
Superstar teammate LeBron James wished just one thing had been different about Davis' game-winner in Game 2.
"I wish we were playing at Staples (Center)," he said of the Lakers' home floor. "It probably would have blew the roof off. I would have loved to have that moment."
The Nuggets' best counter to Davis has come from Nikola Jokic at 25.5 points per game in the series. He's gone 17-for-34 from the field and 16-for-19 from the line.
Denver was able to flip the Lakers' Game 1 advantage in free throws, getting 14 more opportunities than the Lakers (33-19) in Game 2 after shooting nine fewer in the opener (37-28).
Jamal Murray, who finished with 25 points in Game 2, doubled his trips to the foul line in the rematch, going 7-for-8 after a 4-for-4 opener.
Game 4 is scheduled for Thursday.
--Field Level Media