After the game, James was asked whether it was strange to play in a blowout against the Warriors, who won three championships in five years before injuries and departures torpedoed their 2019-20 season.
James offered the following response:
His closing remarks in the video are in reference to the 2015 NBA Finals in which his Cleveland Cavaliers lost to the Warriors in six games.
Cavs power forward Kevin Love missed the entire championship round with a dislocated left shoulder, and point guard Kyrie Irving suffered a fractured left kneecap in the overtime period of Game 1.
James has carried his fair share of short-handed NBA teams over the years (either because of injuries and/or the performance of his teammates), some of them to great heights.
Therefore, it's understandable that he doesn't find it odd to face a short-handed Warriors team, even if it is playing without a pair of superstar guards in Stephen Curry (broken left hand) and Klay Thompson (torn ACL).
The Lakers were a bit short-handed themselves Wednesday sans big man Anthony Davis (ribs, shoulder injuries) on Wednesday, although his absence was not an obstacle toward victory.
But the Lakers' success and the Warriors' downfall symbolizes a considerable amount of upheaval in the Western Conference.
Los Angeles holds that spot after a 37-45 mark last year, while the Warriors have dropped 14 spots from first to last.
There's a considerable amount of player-personnel turnover in the NBA season after season, so standings shake-ups aren't uncommon, but the amount seen in the West is unique even by the Association's standards.