LeBron James and Stephen Curry battled it out on the court Wednesday night in Game 5 of their second-round NBA playoff series.
Ultimately, Curry emerged victorious with his squad securing a dominant 121-106 win, and ensuring a Game 6 showdown in Los Angeles on Friday.
Before James and Curry faced off in the game itself, however, they faced off pregame to determine which balls would be used for the outing.
NBA fans were genuinely surprised at how intense the video of the encounter was.
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“LeBron so serious,” one fan replied.
“He respects curry soooo much,” a second person replied.
“LeBron really likes Steph.. they’ll be good friends after all of the wars are over with for sure,” a third fan chimed in.
Ball selections aside, the real story coming out of Wednesday night was of course Anthony Davis’ head injury.
The Lakers offered their latest update on his status for Game 6 on Thursday, but it remains to be seen if anything changes between now and Friday night.
To say that L.A. would be in huge trouble if Davis is any way hindered for the outing would be an understatement. He has been the engine that has made the Lakers run from star to finish in this series, and without him playing at a high level Los Angeles has almost zero shot of winning.
This has been a kooky series. Between weird headlines like a Warriors cheerleader going viral for her provocative photos, the incessant Jordan Poole drama and Steve Kerr’s conspiracy theorizing, it has been one strange headline after another.
But in the end, it is all going to come down to Game 6.
The photos speak for themselves. https://t.co/q2RR0AcSFe
— Game 7 (@game7__) May 10, 2023
If the Lakers can prevail, they will have earned a spot in the Western Conference Finals despite starting this season off 2-10.
Should L.A. lose, there is a very good chance that Golden State would prevail in a Game 7 at home.
Will James and the Lakers be able to get past Curry and the Warriors on Friday night? Time will tell.