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LeBron James' Detroit ejection might have fired him up according to stats

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There are a few indicators the Pistons woke up the beast

It’s been a hot minute since the Isaiah Stewart-LeBron James incident in Detroit, which got The King ejected and suspended for one game. It’s one of the many setbacks the Los Angeles Lakers have endured this season apart from injuries, sad losses, and continuously asking themselves whether their Hall-of-Fame lineup works or not.

However, an interesting series of statistics reveals that the Detroit fiasco might have fired James up. It’s a matter of wait-and-see if this is the turning point that the Lakers are desperate for heading into the new year. As it is, it’s certainly a good start.

Perhaps James’ 39-point performance against the Indiana Pacers takes the cake among those eight games. It was the game where James knocked down several 3-pointers in the clutch to power his team through overtime. To make things sweeter, he pulled out The Silencer, which shut up all his haters. 

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James’ passing numbers continue to prove why he’s one of the greatest minds the basketball world has ever seen. However, what stands out the most is his 1.3 blocks across eight games, a chunk of which are through chase down swats. LeBron isn’t just showing off his vintage self. He’s also helping the Lakers’ quest in fortifying their defense. Right now, they rank 11th with a 107.8 defensive rating. A few weeks ago, they were outside of the top 15. 

For all of James’ efforts, the NBA crowed him Player of the Week for Week 8, as Basketballnews.com reported. It sounds like a small accomplishment, given the array of milestones James has in his belt. But The King will take any honor bestowed upon him as long as it means he’s helping his team. 

Kendrick Perkins was right in his assessment that the Detroit scuffle will only awaken the beast. Safe to say that James is wide awake. And we may be in for a show in LA.

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