What Happened to LeBron James? Lakers Star Says He Was Seeing 'Three Rims' in Postgame Press Conference

LeBron James joked he "was seeing three rims" when he hit a game-winning three-pointer to lift the Los Angeles Lakers past the Golden State Warriors in the NBA play-in tournament on Wednesday night.

With the shot clock running down and 58.2 seconds left in the fourth quarter, James hit a three-pointer over Stephen Curry from 34 feet out to give the Lakers a 103-100 lead they would not relinquish.

The defending NBA champions clinched the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference with that win and they will face the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

James' winning shot came as he was struggling to properly see the rim after being hit by Draymond Green just over a minute earlier.


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The Warriors forward was called for a foul after hitting James across the face and poking him in the eye as the reigning NBA Finals MVP drove to the basket.

"After Draymond's finger to the eye, I was literally seeing three rims out there," James told ESPN following the game.

"So I just shot at the middle one. And I was able to, with the grace from the man above, I was able to knock it down."

James' teammate Anthony Davis saw the funny side of the incident.

"I think we might need to poke LeBron in the eye a lot more," Davis, who finished with 25 points and 12 rebounds, told reporters after the game.

Curry, who scored 37 points, admitted he expected the game-winning three-pointer to bounce off the rim, but conceded that "all time great players make great shots."

Having missed 26 of the Lakers' last 30 regular season games due to an ankle injury, the four-time NBA champion looked like he'd never been away and finished with 22 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

His triple-double was the first recorded in the NBA's play-in tournament since its inception last season.

James' winning three-pointer was his longest make of the season and the longest go-ahead shot in the final three minutes of a game in his career, according to ESPN Stats & Information data.

The Lakers' upcoming series against the Suns will mark the first time in his career that James has gone into a playoff series with a team ranked lower than the fourth seed—the Cleveland Cavaliers were the fourth seed in 2006, 2008 and 2018. It's also the first time his team won't have the home-court advantage in round one of the playoffs.

The Suns finished with the No. 2 seed in the Western Conference, one of only two teams along with the Utah Jazz to win at least 50 games this season. The Lakers are 1-3 favorite to win the series, according to William Hill.

The Warriors, meanwhile, are still in with a shot of reaching the playoffs and will take on the Memphis Grizzlies in a win-and-you're-in play-in game on Friday.

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LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers scores the game-winning three-pointer against Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors in the closing minute of the NBA Tournament Play-In game at the Staples Center on May 19 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images