The Los Angeles Lakers’ brief reign is over.
The Phoenix Suns knocked the Lakers out of the NBA playoffs on Thursday night, winning 113-100 in Game 6 of their first round series, ending Legron James’ hopes of dragging the Lakers back to the back-to-back championships.
James, 36, is the first player to exit the playoffs in the first round – and a young, upcoming team that has accelerated his exit.
Second Seat Suns, appearing in the first season since 2010, leaned outwardly throughout the series with Devin Booker, 24, and Dendrey Ayden, 22.
“I know they want to be in these kinds of games,” Suns coach Monty Williams said before Thursday’s game. “I think they weren’t running right now, they weren’t running out of circumstances.”
Both players, according to Williams, said last season, when they won eight straight games in the Suns League bubble, the Phoenix did not qualify for the postseason, but formed the team’s youth center. Is eager to achieve more.
The Suns will now face the Denver Nuggets in the semifinals of the conference. The Nuggets removed the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday.
The Lakers, who have been hampered by injuries throughout the regular season, appeared to have unleashed their all-star power forward Anthony Davis against the Suns after straining his hips just before half-time in Game 4. The Suns won that game and then crushed the Lakers on Tuesday in Game 5.
Lockers coach Frank Vogel said before Thursday’s game that Davis wanted to play “too much”. Davis tried: He was in the starting line-up, but Ginger was running from the edge, and his injury worsened when he tried to block one of Booker’s dismissals early in the first quarter. Davis immediately went to the bench and never returned to the game.
Meanwhile, the Suns were volcanic, shooting 10 out of 13 beyond the 3-point line in the first quarter, going 22 points ahead of the lead. Booker finished with 47 points and shot 8 out of 10 from the 3-point range.
Since joining the Lakers before the start of the 2018-19 season, James has experienced ups and downs. His first season with the team collapsed when he suffered a hip injury on Christmas Day, and the Lakers missed the playoffs. Last season, he resurfaced, leading the Lakers along with Davis Their 17th championship. For James, the run was a crowning achievement: his first title with the Lakers, and his fourth overall with three teams.
As expected, the Lakers entered with big goals this season, but struggled. After a strong start, his fifth NBA Most Valuable Player award seemed to have established him (and his first since 2013), with James missing a total of 26 games since ankle sprains in March. And Davis, who has suffered from injuries throughout his life, was sidelined for about two months with a calf injury.
As a result, the Lakers, considered one of the forerunners to win another title, were barely complete, and they finished 7th in the West in the playoffs.
However, the Lakers were not a great first-round match for the Suns – the task was even more challenging for Chris Paul and Phoenix, who were the team’s starting points. Senior leader, Suffered an injury to his right shoulder in the first game of the series. Paul played with pain, and was terrified of winning Phoenix Game 4, A turning point The right to rise.