LeBron James goes head-to-head with Stephen Curry on Wednesday when the Los Angeles Lakers face the in-form Golden State Warriors in a heavyweight NBA play-in tournament showdown.
Things could change if LeBron stages a vintage performance and the Warriors still win. To really make this a rivalry, the Warriors have to dominate next year’s season series. Connor Letourneau: Given that key players often don’t stick with a team for more than a few years, true rivalries are almost nonexistent in the modern NBA.
Problem is, technically, they’re not in the playoffs yet — and they need a win in the play-in round, Wednesday or Friday if necessary, just to get back to the postseason and have a chance to defend their championship. James said he considers Curry the MVP of the NBA this season. He’s eager to cross paths in a big-time moment with Curry and the Warriors once again, and said he’ll take a playoff-game approach to the play-in.