Anthony Davis: LeBron James’ text before Game 4 inspired Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers are one victory away from the franchise’s first NBA title in 10 years, and it sounds like a text from LeBron James inspired the squad to notch a huge win on Tuesday night.
Following a 102-96 victory in Game 4 of the NBA Finals that gave the Lakers a commanding 3-1 series lead, James revealed how he shot off a text that evidently had a huge motivational impact upon his teammates.
The Lakers were said to be smarting following an uninspired Game 3 loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday. In the text, James suggested to the Lakers that Tuesday’s Game 4 was a “must-win” matchup necessary to regain control of the Finals.
“When I woke up from my nap this morning after our team meeting, I felt that vibe, that pressure,’’ James said after Tuesday’s win, per the New York Post. “I felt like for me personally, this was one of the biggest games of my career. I just wanted to relay that message to my teammates, the type of zone I was in, the type of moment it was, and the kind of team we were playing against.
“They are just a gritty, so damn-well-coached team. I feel like if we’re going to be a championship ballclub, that we got to have that same grit and attitude.”
While it comes as little surprise that James would find time to take a nap ahead of a huge game given his longstanding dedication to getting enough rest during the season, his decision to put his teammates on notice after his snooze was an interesting one that clearly paid huge dividends.
“Our leader sent the message,’’ Lakers star Anthony Davis said of LeBron’s pregame text. “Guys already felt bad. We were already on edge. We felt we got bullied and outworked.”
James put up another one of his patented all-around dominant performances in the Lakers’ Game 4 win, putting up 28 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists across 39 minutes of court time.
The Lakers will look to close out the Heat and hoist the Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy with a Game 5 victory on Friday night. Perhaps James will decide another text is in order before tipoff.