Lakers’ LeBron James addresses Heat’s Jae Crowder spat during Game 1 of NBA Finals
LeBron James and Jae Crowder had some heated moments during Game 1 of the 2020 NBA Finals on Wednesday, but James thought nothing of it.
The 35-year-old was asked about his history with Crowder but said competing against his former teammate is no different from anybody else.
LeBron James and Jae Crowder got into it a bit in Game 1. LeBron addresses facing Jae Crowder after playing together and battling against him in the past.
— LakeShow (@LakeShowCP) October 1, 2020
Yeah, uh, no love lost between LeBron and Jae Crowder still pic.twitter.com/8qY5aoupKR
— Finals Faigen (@hmfaigen) October 1, 2020
James and Crowder got tangled up underneath the basket towards the end of the first half, with Crowder slapping the ball out of James’ hands after a foul call in the blowout Lakers win over the Heat in the first game of the Finals.
The two briefly exchanged words after, though nothing ultimately came of the incident.
LeBron and Jae Crowder exchange words. pic.twitter.com/tCYSRZRovA
— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) October 1, 2020
James does indeed have a dated history with Crowder, one of the league’s noted irritants.
The trade prompted visceral reactions from both players immediately afterwards.
Crowder alluded to LeBron being a stat-padder, while James suggested Crowder and some of the former Cavs players traded at the aforementioned deadline lacked the necessary work ethic to help the team win.
It should be interesting to see how this dynamic continues to play out over the course of the NBA Finals, particularly considering Crowder will likely be called upon to offer help on James.
LeBron and the Lakers will hope to take a 2-0 lead on Friday, while Crowder and the Heat will look to even the series despite the likely absences of Goran Dragic and Bam Adebayo.