LeBron James compares ‘GOAT’ rival Michael Jordan’s iconic flu-game to Austin Reaves’ at In-Season tournament finals

Austin Reaves struck an impressive 22-point half.


LeBron James compares ‘GOAT’ rival Michael Jordan’s iconic flu-game to Austin Reaves’ at In-Season tournament finals

LeBron James, Austin Reaves and Michael Jordan (Credits: Bleacher Report, People and CNN)

Even though LeBron James was named the In-Season Tournament MVP overall, he couldn’t have defeated the Indiana Pacers in the championship game if Austin Reaves and Anthony Davis hadn’t been there. The Purple and Gold defeated the Indiana Pacers 123-109 on Saturday, and Austin Reaves played a fantastic game to help them win the NBA In-Season Tournament Championship.

Reaves, who finished with 28 points on 9/15 shooting from the field, laid the pace for the Los Angeles Lakers in the first half with 22 points. Even though the 25-year-old felt under conditions, he participated in the game on Saturday. Undoubtedly, the third-best Laker, Austin Reaves, was battling a sickness unrelated to COVID-19. Reaves might have had a better flu game than Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, LeBron James joked after the victory.

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During Reaves’ postgame media interview, James reportedly screamed at him, according to Jovan Buha of The Athletic:

Who had the better flu game: AR or MJ?

It thrilled LeBron about the victory and the player who drove their first-half charge after the game, and he compared Reaves’s performance to Michael Jordan’s legendary “Flu Game” from Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals.

Jordan’s well-known “flu game” occurred during the 1997 NBA Finals’ Game 5. In addition to scoring 38 points to Reaves’ 28, he also had more assists, rebounds, steals, and blocks. Jordan’s performance in the NBA Finals was even more crucial. Even though Jordan’s performance was dubbed the “flu game,” he disclosed in the documentary The Last Dance that the previous evening, he had eaten pizza and had food poisoning.

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LeBron James praised Cam Reddish for his spectacular performance

Following the Los Angeles Lakers’ 123-109 victory over the Indiana Pacers in the NBA In-Season Tournament Championship. LeBron James expressed his admiration for Cam Reddish’s recent play. With the Los Angeles Lakers, Cam Reddish has overcome the odds and proven his worth. The legendary basketball player LeBron James was among those who praised him.

LeBron James and Cam Reddish
LeBron James and Cam Reddish (Credits: Lakers Nation)

In the NBA In-Season Tournament Championship, the Lakers’ victory over the Indiana Pacers recently brought Reddish’s toughness and efficiency to the court to light. James had praised Reddish. An NBA insider disclosed on X. LeBron James said:

People were writing him off. I'm so happy he got to experience this and perform. I believe in him.

In his 33 minutes of play. Reddish finished with nine points on 4-7 shooting. But his three blocks were very important as the Lakers shut down one of the NBA’s most potent offenses. Over the past two seasons, Reddish has been part of three teams, but none of them were particularly interested in signing him as a free agent. Rather, he inked a two-year deal with Los Angeles in July that was estimated to be worth $4.6 million.

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