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Is King James reign over after the first-round exit?

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By Ponciano Melo – Mad props to the Phoenix Suns for eliminating the reigning NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers. But the bigger story, for now, is not about them advancing, but for the Lakers, especially the 36-year old LeBron James.

This is the first time in his 18-year storied NBA career that he suffered a first-round exit.

Questions started to loom after their short postseason run, which was bugged by injuries, both him and fellow superstar Anthony Davis.

How will this defeat affect James\’ legacy, or will it affect at all? Does his long-time supremacy is finally over?

If we look at it in the bigger picture, LeBron James is not yet done chasing another title. This year, he dealt with injuries just like his first season with the Lakers. It was brought as well by the fatigue of the previous season bubble. At 36, we can see the changes in him, but he is adapting smoothly to the game to assert his dominance still.

Now, he will have a more extended, well-deserved rest to prepare for the next season. However, James can still dominate, and he still has 2-3 years to play at the highest level.

However, it is incredible to see that the league is in great hands in Devin Booker, Trae Young, and more.

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NBA All-Star 2023 starters revealed

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NBA All-Star 2023 starters revealed

The 10 players from the Eastern and Western Division that will start the 2023 NBA All-Star has been named.

As expected, LeBron James will spearhead another game as he dominated in the voting.

Joining him in the west are Stephen Curry, Luka Doncic, Nikola Jokic and Zion Williamson.

Out East, Giannis Antetokounmpo topped Kevin Durant for being the captain. Jayson Tatum, Kyrie Irving and Donovan Mitchell completed the five.

James and Antetokounmpo will do the honor of drafting hours before the actual ASG.

The festivities in Utah will mark James’ 19th All-Star appearances in his 20-year career. 

Curry will made his ninth All-Star, fourth for Luka Magic, fifth for the reigning back-to-back MVP Nikola Jokic and second All-Star for Williamson.

The Greek Freak will see his seventh ASG, Durant with his 13th, Kyrie with his eighth, and Tatum and Mitchell both their fourth appearances.

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Jordan Poole wins it for the Dubs, goes 2-0 in season series vs. Memphis 

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In a much-anticipated NBA rivals week, Golden State faced off against the gritty Memphis Grizzlies and Jordan Poole may have caused Stephen Curry to get ejected, but he bounced back by hitting the game-winner for the Warriors. Up by two with less than two minutes left, Poole decided to release a 30-footer off a huge offensive rebound by Donte DiVincenzo with still 12 seconds left on the shot clock. Curry, who was asking for the ball, got frustrated on the shot that he threw his mouthpiece on the floor while going back to defense and with the referee in front of him, the two-time MVP got slapped with a technical and ejection in a clutch-situation game. But despite missing their best player, Klay Thompson made a huge triple off Poole's assist to give the Warriors up with 14.1 seconds. Brnadon Clark though, tied the game off a beautiful setup from Ja Morant. Thompson missed the following shot but the Warriors grabbed an offensive rebound that paved the way to an inbound game-winning play as Poole went backdoor for the layup. He finished with 21 points while Thompson had 24. Curry top scored with 34 points. With the win, the Warriors are now 2-0 against the Grizzlies in the regular season.

In a much-anticipated NBA rivals week, Golden State faced off against the gritty Memphis Grizzlies and Jordan Poole may have caused Stephen Curry to get ejected, but he bounced back by hitting the game-winner for the Warriors.

Up by two with less than two minutes left, Poole decided to release a 30-footer off a huge offensive rebound by Donte DiVincenzo with still 12 seconds left on the shot clock. Curry, who was asking for the ball, got frustrated on the shot that he threw his mouthpiece on the floor while going back to defense and with the referee in front of him, the two-time MVP got slapped with a technical and ejection in a clutch-situation game.

But despite missing their best player, Klay Thompson made a huge triple off Poole’s assist to give the Warriors up with 14.1 seconds. Brnadon Clark though, tied the game off a beautiful setup from Ja Morant.

Thompson missed the following shot but the Warriors grabbed an offensive rebound that paved the way to an inbound game-winning play as Poole went backdoor for the layup.

He finished with 21 points while Thompson had 24. Curry top scored with 34 points.

With the win, the Warriors are now 2-0 against the Grizzlies in the regular season. 

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Damian Lillard drops fourth 60-point career game 

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Damian Lillard drops fourth 60-point career game

Top 75 of all-time in full display for Damian Lillard as he put on an incredible 60-point show in Portland’s 134-124 win over the Utah Jazz.

The Trail Blazer superstar was off to a hot start scoring 26 first half points before becoming even hotter, delivering 24 points in the third quarter alone including a personal 20-point run.

He finished the quarter with 50-piece before adding 10 more in the final frame to reach 60.

This is Lillard’s fourth 60-point game of his career and a point shy to tie his career-high.

He is now third in the most 60-point output in NBA history.

Lillard shot the ball very efficiently at 21-out-of-29 field goals. He drained nine triples, dished out eight assists, grabbed seven boards and picked up three steals.

This also marked his 15th 50-point game, proving everyone he is a professional bucket-getter.

Portland’s back-to-back wins gave them a 23-25 record, fourth in the Northwest division, 12th overall in the West.

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