Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James talks Brooklyn Nets trio forward of matchup


The Brooklyn Nets are the NBA’s newest superteam, an offensive juggernaut that includes two former MVPs in Kevin Durant and James Harden and the proprietor of one of many largest photographs in NBA Finals historical past in Kyrie Irving, who is also broadly thought of to have the most effective handles the game has seen.

However LeBron James wasn’t able to declare the trio an unprecedented ensemble when requested about Brooklyn forward of the Los Angeles Lakers‘ first sport in opposition to the new-look Nets on Thursday.

“Um, have we forgot about KD, Steph (Curry) and Klay (Thompson) already?” James stated following the Lakers’ 112-104 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday evening. “I imply, there you go. There you go proper there.”

James is aware of that Golden State Warriors group properly — it beat his Cleveland Cavaliers for back-to-back championships in 2017 and 2018.

However essentially the most factors Durant, Curry and Thompson ever averaged of their three seasons collectively was 75.Eight per sport in 2018-19.

Durant (29.0), Irving (28.3) and Harden (23.9) entered Tuesday averaging 80.7 factors for the Nets this season.

Thursday’s showdown might be lacking some firepower. L.A. might be with out Anthony Davis, who suffered a calf pressure and aggravated the Achilles tendinosis in his proper leg Sunday. He’ll see workforce medical doctors when the Lakers return house Wednesday.

“We’ll see how he responds to therapy and reevaluate in a pair weeks,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel stated Tuesday.

On the opposite facet, Durant has missed the previous two video games with a left hamstring pressure and Irving sat out Tuesday’s comeback win in opposition to the Phoenix Suns with tightness in his decrease again.

That stated, James stated he’s trying ahead to seeing these Nets in individual for the primary time.

“It is at all times thrilling for me to go in opposition to a few of the greatest guys within the sport — and so they obtained three of them,” he stated. “They obtained three of the most effective guys within the sport. Positively would like to be full while you’re taking part in in opposition to a workforce like that and see, like, at that time within the season, the way you match up — the way you match up in opposition to a few of the greatest groups within the league. And, clearly, we can’t be full on Thursday. However, apart from that, yeah, I really like going on the market and simply being out on the ground with a few of the greatest to play this sport.”

James’ teammate Montrezl Harrell was much less enthusiastic. He was part of the NBA’s shiny new toy with the LA Clippers final season, when the traditionally underachieving franchise added Kawhi Leonard and Paul George and have become on the spot favorites to win the title.

Maybe going via all that hype, solely to be a part of the Clippers’ second-round playoff exit to the Denver Nuggets, taught him that the common season is not at all times the most effective indicator of postseason success.

“Truthfully, I do not actually care,” Harrell stated. “We go into each sport with a sport plan, know offensively, defensively what we wish to do with the intention to win that sport, and that is going to be the identical factor we will should do once we play on Thursday.

“There’s nothing no totally different. We’re not circling that sport. We’re not placing any further emphasis on that sport. It is similar to another sport — we’re taking it one sport at a time. We’re nonetheless studying, we’re nonetheless rising and we’re nonetheless constructing with each other, and we’re gonna should do it to a better commonplace with shedding certainly one of our large items [in Davis].”

Nets head coach Steve Nash stated his workforce is totally conscious of the “great problem” that awaits the Nets of their first assembly with the Lakers.

“We all know who they’ve over there,” he stated after Brooklyn’s 128-124 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday evening. “We all know how properly they’re coached and what they have been in a position to do within the final 12 months or so. So it is an excellent take a look at for us. You load the fellows up and be able to go and attempt to preserve getting higher.”

Nets guard James Harden had a special take, saying the workforce is extra involved about enhancing as a unit than it’s about its opponent, even when it is the Lakers.

“Clearly, offensively we’re actually, actually good. Defensively, we’re not so nice,” he stated. “So we have now to seek out methods to be higher in that class, which everyone knows. So we’re engaged on that, and whether or not it is the Lakers or another workforce, that does not get us excited as a result of we’re nonetheless engaged on ourselves, if that is sensible.

“Clearly, we perceive that caliber of workforce we’re taking part in. However then, the entire scenario is, we’re engaged on ourselves. So the Indianas and Sacramentos and Golden States and tonight in Phoenix — any of these video games we might’ve misplaced and we will beat the Lakers, and it solely counts as one win and one loss.”

ESPN’s Malika Andrews contributed to this report.



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