The SportsHeads: LeBron James on West Conference Finals match-up vs. Nuggets

ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 12: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots the ball against the Houston Rockets during Game Five of the Western Conference SemiFinals of the NBA Playoffs on September 12, 2020 at AdventHealth Arena in Orlando, Florida. Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE via Getty Images)

The number one seed Los Angeles Lakers will face off against the number three seed Denver Nuggets tonight in game one of the 2020 Western Conference Finals. NBA fans can catch all the action on Saturday 19th September on Sky Sports Main Event from 2:00am.

The Lakers are aiming for a record-equalling 17th title and will face a Nuggets team who, in the last round, became the first NBA team in history with multiple 3-1 comebacks in the same postseason.

Speaking on the Nuggets postseason performance, Lakers All-NBA first team forward Lebron James said:

 “It takes a lot of energy, effort, a lot of desperation to be able to come back from a 3-1 deficit. They did it twice. So the respect level is out of this world for what we have for this ballclub. That’s how we’re going into this series, understanding what they’re capable of, where they stand.”

The Nuggets are looking to add to their historical playoff run by reaching the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history. Commenting on his team’s run and match-up against the Lakers, Nuggets coach Mike Malone said: 

“I think the biggest question is are our guys satisfied. Man, we just made Playoff history, down 3-1, down 3-1. We’ve gotten to the Western Conference Finals only the second time in franchise history. Take a breath, come up for air. The Lakers aren’t coming up for air. They’ve been waiting. They’re going to try to come out and send a message tomorrow.”

 

LeBron James – LA Lakers

You know what it’s like to come back from a 3-1 deficit, how difficult that is. The Nuggets have done it twice. What does that say about them as a team and competitors? And the second question, is your thumb OK?

LeBRON JAMES: To the first question, very resilient, very confident, very driven, very well-coached team. It takes a lot of energy, effort, a lot of desperation to be able to come back from a 3-1 deficit. They did it twice. So the respect level is out of this world for what we have for this ballclub. That’s how we’re going into this series, understanding what they’re capable of, where they stand. Yes, my thumb is fine. I don’t remember what game it was in the Houston series, I tried to block a shot. My thumb got caught in the rim a little bit. Just trying to do the treatment and keep myself healthy for the game. But it won’t affect me in any way, shape or form.

 

ORLANDO, FL – SEPTEMBER 15: Nikola Jokic #15 of the Denver Nuggets dribbles the ball up court against the LA Clippers during Game Seven of the Western Conference Semifinals of the NBA Playoffs on September 15, 2020 in Orlando, Florida at AdventHealth Arena. Copyright 2020 NBAE (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

 

Michael Malone – Denver Nuggets, Coach

Can you talk about the transitions you’ve had to make from one series to the next?

MICHAEL MALONE: That first round was so full of emotion, even aside from the on-court Game 7, that the last play Mike Conley shot going in and out. But prior to that Game 7, the emotional questions and concerns and ups and downs, are we even going to finish these Playoffs. I think getting through the seven-game, another 3-1 comeback, only team to ever do that. I think having a day yesterday, that’s the first time we had a day just to relax to go into a prep day. I think that will really help us out. I think the biggest question aside from themes, plays, personnel, is are our guys satisfied. Man, we just made Playoff history, down 3-1, down 3-1. We’ve gotten to the Western Conference Finals only the second time in franchise history. Take a breath, come up for air. The Lakers aren’t coming up for air. They’ve been waiting. I know LeBron, having been around him. They’re going to try to come out and send a message tomorrow.