LeBron James last night erupted for 32 points, 13 rebounds and seven dimes en route to a 101-96 win over the Atlanta Hawks on Sunday in ATL.
The win gave the Lakers a league best 24-3 (tied with the Bucks) record after triumphing in 14 consecutive road games (the 1971-1972 Lakers hold the league record with 16-straight road wins). But James after the win said the Lakers will have many more opportunities to win games at full strength, as he has no inclination of engaging in load management.
The four-time MVP and three-time champion after the Atlanta win made this perfectly clear:
“Why wouldn’t I play if I’m healthy,” James asked. “It doesn’t make any sense to me, personally. I mean, I don’t know how many games I’ve left in my career. I don’t know how many kids that may show up to a game that are there to see me play.”
James this year has played in all 27 games to date. And for James to say that in year 17 in his illustrious career is admirable, as we know a player like Kawhi Leonard continues to sit out games.
The Lakers will gear up for the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, 7 pm Eastern, 6 pm Central in Indiana.
Written by Robert Magobet