Los Angeles Lakers: 3 lessons from “LeBron night” vs. the Cavaliers

Jan 25, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dunks in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 25, 2021; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) dunks in the fourth quarter against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports /
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The Los Angeles Lakers continued their “Homecoming” tour into Cleveland Monday to play the Cavaliers. After Anthony Davis had his show for family and friends, it was LeBron’s turn not only to showcase his talent, but remind an Cleveland executive about disrespecting the reigning King of basketball.

Lake Show Life breaks down what else happened in Lake Show Life Lessons! The only Los Angeles Lakers extended post-game report with in-depth analysis and highlights.

Lake Show Life Lessons is an acquired taste. It’s not for everyone. If casuals try to comment or didn’t watch the game, they get exposed quickly. The reason why these post games are so different is because the staff is not afraid to make unpopular predictions.

While most Los Angeles Lakers media assumed the Cleveland Cavaliers would be easy pickings with a LeBron showcase, this site had other ideas. We saw it as a potential trap game and said so after the Chicago game.

"Trap game alert: Lake Show Life again warns the Lakers and its fanbase against taking the Cavs lightly. They beat the Brooklyn Nets TWICE! With and without Kevin Durant."

Well the others were half right. The Cleveland Cavaliers welcomed LeBron James back after two years gave the Lakers a challenge until the last quarter. But in the end, the Lakers became the sixth team in NBA history to open the season with ten straight wins with a 115-108 victory.

It’s games like this when Lake Show Life brings out the segment called “When keeping it real goes WRONG!” It’s one thing to troll on the internet (Lake Show Life actually have a few!), but it’s another to shout snide comments to LeBron James where he can hear it.


It’s just not a good idea to rile up good basketball players. It’s just plain dumb to inspire superstars. Well, LeBron heard the comments, nodded his head and then all of this happened in the last quarter.

After that executive trash talked LeBron for missing the final shot of the third quarter, James hit nine of his last ten shots scoring 21 of his 46 points to close the game out. What was more impressive is that he outscored the ENTIRE Cavs team 21-19 in the last frame.

What made this game trouble for the Lake Show was the narrative about the offensive rankings. The Los Angeles Lakers had the sixth-best offense compared the Cavaliers’ worst. But the Cavs are starting to get confident with their direction under J.B. Bickerstaff.

While LeBron James will rightfully be in the headlines, a few players contributed in other ways that Lake Show Life needs to point out.

Kyle Kuzma: 

By Jove, we think Kuz has got it! Kyle Kuzma did not score much with only 4 points, but he had 6 offensive rebounds in this game (8 overall!). This is no longer the player that comes into games and throws up 17-25 footers the first chance he gets. He is now playing winning basketball.

Markieff Morris:

He was only on the floor for 16 minutes, but he played great when he was out there. He finished with 8 points and did not miss a shot in the game. Based on how Marc Gasol was playing (More on him later!), he might have played himself into a prominent role in the rotation on the front line.

Alex Caruso:

Probably the worst thing that happened to him was getting the top 3 point percentage in the NBA. He only scored 3 points on 1-6 shooting. It was his defense that made him stand out in the game. Even his only shot made was in crunch time!

Sadly, there is a player that is regressing with each passing game.

Dennis Schroder: 

We’re back to trying to figure out who Dennis is a menace to. Forget the scoring totals. His floor game is eroding in front of everyone. The guard play along with Andre Drummond kept the Cavs close and whoever Dennis was guarding usually scored. When he turned the ball over, Cleveland scored immediately. 

Still, a win is a win and the Lakers are just rolling on the road. Now they face a real test when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday with the best record in the Eastern Conference.

To the new Los Angeles Lakers fans that are checking us out for the first time, welcome to Lake Show Life Lessons. Our extended post-game report with video analysis will cover the progress for the Los Angeles Lakers the entire season!

 Over the next several pages we will provide highlights of certain players and coaches. Afterward, the comment section is loaded with knowledgeable fans adding their basketball knowledge. We usually start with the stars.

 Let’s get to Lesson One to find out who!