Would Monday's Game 4 be the game the Lakers get superstar performances throughout from LeBron James and Anthony Davis? Would this be the game the Lakers came out and stole all hope away from a tired and lesser team?
Yes* and yes.
Anthony Davis was dominant from the jump, especially defensively. LeBron James was again in Playoff LeBron form, and the Lakers finished the first quarter with an 18 point lead. At halftime, they were up 29. Great shooting, great star performances, great defense, and (small sample size noted) they appear to be building on the great second half in Game 3.
As the hoops universe celebrated Kobe Bryant, it was a fitting tribute.
-JR vs. Dion. Again.
-Playing with what Rob Pelinka calls "thrust."
-George Hill and LeBron on social justice and police violence after the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.
JR vs. Dion... again.
*The stars were dominant, but technically didn't go a full 48. Davis left with back spasms (he's fine) and LeBron rested in the fourth. But yeah, the Lakers got what they needed, and then some.