LeBron James ‘saw three rims’ on winning shot after Draymond Green ‘stung’ him in the eye
LeBron James saw red – and multiple hoops.
With a minute left in regulation time, James hit a miraculous 3-point range to give the Lakers an advantage of 103-100, and subsequently victory in the NBA play-in tournament against the Warriors.
It wasn’t easy, though: Warriors forward Draymond Green poked James in the eye in the fourth quarter, making LeBron’s 3-ball much more difficult. James admitted it after the victory.
“After Draymond’s finger in the eye, I literally saw three rims there, so I just shot the middle one,” James said after the game. “And I was able – by the grace of the man above – I was able to overthrow him.”
It wasn’t anything aggressive or egregious on Green’s part, just a serious foul late in the game. There is a question of whether Green even came into contact with LeBron’s face.
One thing not up for debate: James entered the game slightly hampered, worsening an ankle injury in Los Angeles’ last regular season game, the same ankle injury that caused him to miss a major time during the season.
The victory means LA, now seeded 7th in the Western Conference, will face the Suns in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs this weekend.
LeBron can only hope he returns to see a hoop before that.