LeBron James has added another impressive feat to his illustrious career by guiding the LA Lakers back to the NBA Finals. It came after a tough battle with the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals. LA is another step closer to securing an NBA title, which James has just voiced a message that all Lakers fans love to hear.
LeBron James guides the Lakers to the NBA Finals
The Lakers entered Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals on Saturday with an opportunity to advance to the NBA Finals.
LA showed up in the situation, guiding their way toward a tough win over the feisty battle-tested Nuggets. With Anthony Davis dealing with foul trouble for much of the game, LeBron James controlled the contest by posting a triple-double effort with 38 points, 16 rebounds, and 10 assists. James was incredibly huge down the stretch in the fourth quarter with nine straight points to essentially seal the win.
James’ monster outing put him alongside Hall of Famer James Worthy as the only Lakers to register at least 35 points and 15 rebounds in a playoff triple-double performance. The win gave the franchise their first NBA Finals appearance in a decade, while LeBron has reached the stage for the 10th time in his 17-year career. That includes all 10 occurrences coming in the previous 11 seasons.
Following the impressive feat, LeBron James just spewed a message that all Lakers fans love to hear with all that in mind.
LeBron James’ firm message to Lakers fans
The Lakers have moved a step closer to securing an NBA title after guiding past the Nuggets in five games.
It marks the first time in a decade that the Lakers have reached the NBA Finals, which alone is a tremendous feat. However, LeBron James has made it quite clear that the task is not done. Following the series-clinching win over Denver, he posted on Instagram the strong message that the Lakers are eyeing four more playoff wins.
That notion was firmly delivered after Saturday’s contest as Lakers players held up four fingers in each of their postgame photos. It’s not devaluing the tremendous accomplishment of reaching the NBA Finals but underlining that there is more to be done to achieve the ultimate goal.
It’s another legacy-defining moment for James that could strengthen his resume against the all-time greats. The unwavering focus is there; it’s a matter of getting the job done starting Friday.
Lakers have a tough task ahead in the NBA Finals
Through the first three rounds of the playoffs, the Lakers have remained in control of each series, with all going only five games.
Each has had its own set of challenges that are much more telling than lasting five contests. The Nuggets put up a formidable challenge, but it was the Lakers’ experience and star power that pushed them forward. That said, there will be another difficult task ahead in the NBA Finals.
The Miami Heat have proven to be a powerhouse in the Eastern Conference. Since the start of the NBA Orlando bubble situation, they have been among the best teams behind their strong collective play behind star forward Jimmy Butler. The Heat possess tremendous versatility while their defensive prowess has been key to their success. It’s that balance that could present plenty of problems for the Lakers.
Beyond that, the task remains the same, and with LeBron James leading the charge, it could make the pivotal difference that his team needs to reach their aspirations.