LeBron James was not dissatisfied with the Los Angeles Lakers’ performance in Game 2 against the Memphis Grizzlies.
“I felt like we were prepared tonight, we just didn’t perform as well as we did in Game 1 for almost 48 minutes.”
“Both teams feel they can beat the other team, so we don’t take comfort in going home and we shouldn’t feel comfortable going home with a 1-1 result. Game 3 is the most important game of the series and if we don’t feel comfortable going into that game, they could easily come to our home court and take the series back.”
In Game 1, the Lakers against the Grizzlies overcame mistakes and a non-level night by LeBron (21 points, 5 turnovers, 1 basket from the field in the fourth quarter) thanks to AD’s dominance and the production of Austin Reaves, Rui Hachimura and D’Angelo Russell.
The script changed in Game 2. Instead of capitalizing on Ja Morant’s absence, the Lakers went through the first half like sleepwalkers and needed an 8-0 personal surge in the third quarter by LeBron (28 points, 12 of 23 from the field) to be competitive. Davis (13 points, 4 of 14), Reaves (5 of 12), Russell (2 of 11) and the rest of the ensemble besides Rui (2o points) fell behind.