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Lakers’ LeBron James says it’s not weird playing Warriors in lopsided game

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LeBron James didn’t feel odd playing a different version of the Golden State Warriors after several years facing up against a juggernaut. The Los Angeles Lakers star took the court without running mate Anthony Davis and faced a Warriors team that is quickly barreling to the cellar of the Western Conference, a striking difference from the last five years of dominance.

Asked if it was weird to play a lopsided game against them, The King made sure to throw in that he once faced them without his supporting cast in the NBA Finals.

“Not when you’re in it,” said James. “I think when I’m watching them, when I’m at home watching them it becomes weird seeing Klay [Thompson] in a suit and not seeing Steph [Curry] out there — but not when you’re playing. I played them in The Finals without Kyrie [Irving] and Kevin [Love]. So, no.”

No one is feeling sorry for Golden State, especially James — who had his homecoming to Cleveland ruined by that 2014-15 Warriors team that came from being a second-round exit to a championship contender.

James ensured to let reporters know he was shorthanded in 2015 after Love had picked up a shoulder injury earlier in the playoffs, while Irving fractured his kneecap in Game 1 of the NBA Finals — forcing James to handle the rest of the series on his own.

A 120-94 blowout at home is hardly a revenge for James, considering that none of the stars that handed out Ls his way are on the floor, besides Draymond Green. The Lakers played a shell of the Warriors roster on Wednesday, one that is destined to stay at the bottom of the Western Conference.