Lakers’ Alex Caruso explains the bedrock of his chemistry with LeBron James
That chemistry was on full display in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals against the Denver Nuggets, as Caruso and James connected on some highlight plays to open the game up and help Los Angeles take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven series to decide who will represent the West in the 2020 NBA Finals.
While speaking to reporters on Saturday after practice, Caruso talked about why he and James play so well together, via Mike Trudell of Lakers.com.
Caruso on the bottom line for his success playing next to LeBron, which goes back to last season as well: “We’re both high IQ players.”
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) September 19, 2020
The Lakers are 9-2 in the 2020 playoffs thus far. They are three wins away from advancing to the Finals and seven victories away from capturing title No. 17 in franchise history.
LeBron James is averaging 25.5 points, 9.9 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game for the Lakers in these playoffs. The King, who is searching for title No. 4 in his career, is shooting 55.2 percent from the field, 35.9 percent from the 3-point line and 72.5 percent from the charity stripe.
Alex Caruso, meanwhile, has been solid off the bench for the Lakers at Walt Disney World. He’s putting up 6.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists in 23.7 minutes per game and shooting 42.4 percent overall, 26.5 percent from beyond the arc and 78.9 percent from the free throw line.
James, Caruso and the rest of the Lakers will look to take a 2-0 lead over the Nuggets in Game 2 of the WCF, which is on Sunday, Sept. 20.