Game 3 Highlights: LeBron James gives huge effort in Lakers win Follow for updates, social media reaction, highlights in Lakers-Blazers playoff matchup

Lakers vs. Blazers Game 3 :- LeBron James went into vintage, freight train mode when his team needed it the most.

After largely deferring to teammates in the bubble, James came out aggressive to get the Lakers a win
Colin Ward-Henninger

By Colin Ward-Henninger
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Game 3 Highlights: LeBron James gives huge effort in Lakers win Follow for updates, social media reaction, highlights in Lakers-Blazers playoff matchup
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As manufactured as LeBron James’ perceived slights punctuated with the #WashedKing tagline may seem, his time in the bubble prior to Saturday had generated one legitimate question making the rounds with casual fans and pundits alike: Is LeBron still capable of dominating a playoff game by scoring.

It seems like an unfounded query given LeBron’s dominance this season and immaculate track record in the playoffs, but the truth remains that we hadn’t seen Freight Train LeBron simply bulldoze an opponent into submission since the Los Angeles Lakers arrived in Orlando.

James, Davis power Lakers past Trail Blazers for 2 – 1 leads

He averaged 22 points in seeding games, scoring 20 or fewer in four of them, and was noticeably passive when it came to looking for his own shot.

By the end of Saturday night’s 116-108 Game 3 win over the Portland Trail Blazers, James had emphatically put those questions to bed while giving the Lakers a 2-1 lead in the series.

James scored 38 points, more than he scored in the first two games of the series combined, on 11-18 shooting and 12-17 free-throw shooting. The 17 free-throw attempts were the most for LeBron since the 2017 playoffs,

when he made 15-of-21 from the stripe against the Toronto Raptors in the Eastern Conference finals,

and they were a result of a singular mentality that LeBron established from the outset of Game 3: I’m getting to the rim.

[T0night I just wanted t0 try be aggressives see if I can get int0 the paints, see if I can find my guys.

And I was ables to do that early, get to the line,” James said after the game.

{Even though I miss a few of them earlys on, I felt like I had a good rhythms

and just tried to make plays for myself and my teammate.”

LeBron had 27 drives combined in the first two games of the series, and it seemed like he had at least 27 on Saturday alone.

The drives were also different, as he clearly got into the lane with the intent to score and/or get fouled rather than distribute.

In Game 1 and Game 2, James passed on 44 percent of his drives, according to NBA.com.

Compare that to the 2017-18 postseason with the Cleveland Cavaliers, perhaps the best individual playoff performance of his career,

he averaged 18.5 drives per game and passed only 25.6 percent of the time.

Just when people started to doubt him,

he came out looking a lot more like vintage LeBron on Saturday.

With the Lakers trailing and shooting 1-for-5 from 3-point range in the first quarter,

James took it upon himself to make sure his team’s

offensive bubble woes didn’t resurface by imposing his will bodying defenders nd finishing through contact.

Game 3 Highlights: LeBron James gives huge effort in Lakers win
Follow for updates, social media reaction, highlights in Lakers-Blazers playoff matchup

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23)

and Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso, right, battle Portland Trail Blazers guard Gary Trent Jr.

{2} for control of the ball the first half of an NBA basketball first round playoff game,

Saturday, 22 Aug 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Lakers top Blazers 116-108, lead series 2-1: Live updates recap

STARTING LINEUPS

Portland

PG Damian Lillard

SG CJ McCollum

SF Carmelo Anthony

PF Hassan Whiteside

C Jusuf Nurkic

Los Angeles

PG LeBron James

SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

SF Danny Green

PF Anthony Davis

C JaVale McGee


Los Angele Lakers forward Anthony Davis,frustrated with his Game 1 performance against the Portland Trail Blazers, vowed to be more aggressive in Game 2.

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