LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers are taking on the Memphis Grizzlies in the first round of the NBA Playoffs as the team looks to turn a 2-10 start to the season into an NBA Finals push. If the Lakers are going to get past the Grizzlies then they are going to have to steal a game in Memphis in the first two.
With the NBA giving the Lakers a massive advantage with the playoff schedule, winning just one game in the first two might be enough to shock the Grizzlies in round one. If Los Angeles can start the series with a win then suddenly the Grizzlies are the team with its back against the wall.
The start of Game 1 has been an extremely entertaining one as the Lake Show is more than proving that it can hang with the second seed in the West. That should not be much of a surprise as this team is led by LeBron James, after all.
LeBron has more playoff experience than anyone in league history and he has picked up a few tricks along the way. He showcased one of those tricks early in Game 1 with Dillon Brooks and head coach Taylor Jenkins as he managed to eavesdrop on their conversation to pick up some much-needed intel.
Fans at home watching on TV couldn’t pick up what Jenkins was saying to Brooks but it does appear that LeBron got the message.
LeBron James is making his mark early for the Lakers against the Grizzlies.
Anthony Davis and Austin Reaves controlled the first quarter of this playoff series to get the Lakers the lead then LeBron started to make his mark in the second quarter.
While the scoring has not been all the way there for James, he produced yet another highlight-reel playoff moment that will be played on repeat if the Lakers make a run. In a move that was eerily similar to seven years ago, LeBron had to break out the chase-down block on Desmond Bane.
If LeBron actually got some valuable intel from Jenkins and Brooks then there could be many more highlight-reel plays on the horizon for the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.