LeBron James insists the Los Angeles Lakers are not thinking about locking down the highest seed within the Western Convention after taking a four-game lead over the Denver Nuggets.
The Lakers claimed a 120-116 extra time victory in opposition to the Nuggets at Pepsi Middle on Wednesday, with James placing up 32 factors, 14 assists and 12 rebounds to ship his group into the All-Star break on the again of an vital triumph.
Whereas he would relish having home-court benefit in a primary postseason with the Los Angeles franchise, the 16-time All-Star claims there was no dialogue about their potential seeding throughout the group.
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“We don’t talk about it. At the end of the day I think every Western Conference team that will make the playoffs can win on someone else’s floor,” stated James.
“For us, we would love to play in front of our home fans as much as we can. We love being there with our Laker faithful.
“However on the finish of the day, you exit and play every recreation prefer it’s its personal recreation. You’ll be able to’t fear about what might occur the next day. You’ll be able to solely reside within the current.”
He added: “We’re the place we must be. We’ll come again off the break and prepare for the ultimate stretch of the common season.
“You don’t put too much into it. You understand you played some good basketball along the way, played some not good basketball. But you want to continue to get better and continue to trust the process.
“We sit up for after we get again, getting again on the ground and see how far we’ll proceed to develop.”
The Lakers have not made the playoffs for the reason that 2012-13 season and James thought the win over the Nuggets offered a style of what’s to return.
“Every opportunity we get to play in a close game against a tough opponent, it’s a learning experience for all of us,” he stated.
“It prepares us for a postseason game where it’s going to be back and forth, back and forth. I thought tonight was a playoff atmosphere, the teams being No. 1 and No. 2 in the Western Conference, jockeying for position.”