The Los Angeles Lakers have fallen into a tough 0-2 hole against the Denver Nuggets in the Western Conference Finals.
This means that Saturday night’s Game 3 in LA is pivotal for the team.
If they lose Game 3, their hopes of making the NBA Finals are all but extinguished.
In order to get a win, Skip Bayless said the team will need to once again heavily rely on LeBron James, because he doesn’t believe that Anthony Davis will be the one to take control.
“[Saturday] night is all about LeBron because you can’t trust AD to give you a monster game,” Bayless said on Friday’s Undisputed.
.@RealSkipBayless looks ahead to Game 3 between Lakers & Nuggets:
“Tomorrow night is all about LeBron, because you can’t trust AD to give you a monster game.” pic.twitter.com/Q7PoyQnBId
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“He doesn’t have fire in belly. He wasn’t born with it. He doesn’t have that thing, that high motor,” Bayless said about Davis.
Those harsh words about Davis have been said by others before and the big man has repeatedly shown that he can definitely have huge games.
But there have also been times when his team hasn’t been able to turn to him for leadership.
With Game 3 meaning so much, Bayless claims that James will need to put his head down and set the tone early.
Davis has had a wonderful season and has been looking like an MVP candidate again.
Yet, he has had problems remaining consistent and has never been one to set the tempo for LA.
James, on the other hand, has been doing that his entire career.
He will need to do it again on Saturday, especially since he was looking flat-footed and gassed out at times on Thursday night.
Perhaps it was the long postseason or the high elevation that got to them.
But both James and Davis were looking out of sorts in Game 2.
If they hope to win Game 3, one or both of them will need monster performances.NEXT: Analyst Believes 1 Player Was The Reason The Lakers Lost Game 2