LeBron James leaves Game 5 with five minutes left

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  By Larry Brown  |  Last updated 6/2/21

LeBron James did not stick around for the end of his team’s ugly loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

The Los Angeles Lakers were without Anthony Davis in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series against Phoenix. They got hammered by the Suns 115-85.

The Suns blew out the Lakers in the second quarter and took a 30-point lead into halftime. The Lakers were unable to significantly close the margin.

So with his team down big in the fourth quarter, James left the court even though there were five minutes left in the game.

There is some speculation that James left the floor to go get treatment on his ankle, which caused him to miss time towards the end of the regular season. Whatever the reason for the exit, James obviously felt he couldn’t wait the five minutes for the game to end.

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Clayton Kershaw sets postseason strikeouts record in strong Game 5 start

Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports | By Larry Brown | Last updated 10/26/20

The Los Angeles Dodgers are a victory away from winning their first World Series since 1988, and Clayton Kershaw has been a driving force behind their run.

The Dodgers southpaw pitched 5.2 innings for the win in his team’s 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 5 of the World Series at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas on Sunday night. He allowed two runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out six.

The six strikeouts give Kershaw 207 for his postseason career, which breaks Justin Verlander’s record of 205.

Kershaw breaking Verlander’s record is really proof of how many opportunities the veteran has gotten to pitch in the postseason. The Dodgers have missed the playoffs only three times since Kershaw joined the club in 2008.

Despite his reputation for struggling in the postseason, Kershaw has gone 4-1 with a 2.93 ERA and 37 strikeouts in 30.2 innings in the 2020 playoffs. This has been the best postseason of his career.

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Milwaukee Bucks boycott Game 5 vs. Magic following the shooting of Jacob Blake

By Zac Wassink | Last updated 8/26/20

As the Orlando Magic warmed up for Game 5 of the opening-round playoff series versus the Bucks at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Wednesday afternoon, Milwaukee players and personnel remained in the locker room up through the contest’s tipoff time. 

Milwaukee ultimately chose to not play to send a message to anybody watching.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski was the first to report the Bucks have boycotted Game 5 of the series in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake.

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