LeBron James and Lakers must avenge previous humiliations against Denver Nuggets in the playoffs, says Stephen A. Smith

The Los Angeles Lakers will face the defending champions, the Denver Nuggets, in a rematch of last season’s Western Conference Finals. The Nuggets defeated the Lakers and continued their dominance in recent regular season games. Stephen A. Smithon “The First Take,” has challenged the Lakers to avenge their last eight humiliating losses to the Nuggets.

Stephen A. Smith claimed that the Purple and Gold have what it takes to avoid another loss against the Denver Nuggets, well led by Nikola Jokic.

The giants are the Denver Nuggets. The reigning defending NBA champions, who you beat with four straight wins in the Western Conference Finals last year, by the way, who you beat with eight straight wins… When you face that, you stand up, and you say, ‘I have to taking this personally.” None of that hasn’t worked, being calm hasn’t worked, being balanced hasn’t worked. said Stephen A. Smith

Smith wants Le Bron James to be more aggressive and allow trash talk to motivate him if he wants to end the Nuggets’ dominance and become what he called “the giant killer.” Additionally, he cited instances where the Nuggets came along to ruin the mood for the Lakers during the last three outings, from their ring ceremony to the unveiling of the deceased Kobe Bryant statue of when James scored 40,000 points.