Why did LeBron leave Game 5 early? Social media reacts to Lakers star walking off the court

Joshua Rogers June 2, 2021
Why did LeBron leave Game 5 early? Social media reacts to Lakers star walking off the court
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Why did LeBron leave the game? Social media reacts to the Lakers star walking off the court early in his team’s Game 5 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night.

LeBron James leaves Game 5 early

The Suns took a commanding 3-2 lead in the series against the Lakers on Tuesday night.

Devin Booker scored 30 points as the Suns made 14 3-pointers and capitalised on an Anthony Davis-less Lakers team.

LeBron James tried to carry the load, scoring 17 of his 24 points in the third quarter.

He sat at the end of the bench by himself in the fourth quarter before heading to the locker room. LeBron left the game with about five minutes to go.

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Social media reacts to LeBron walking off the court

Twitter reacted strongly to LeBron walking off the court with around 5 minutes to go in the fourth quarter.

Some criticised his leadership and said he should never leave his teammates out there.

Here’s what they were saying:

Skip Bayless weighs in on LeBron leaving the game early

Skip was once again tweeting throughout the game, and seemed to revel in the Lakers’ struggles.

He stated that LeBron was starting to “look old” before mocking him about his injured ankle.

Skip then reacted to LeBron walking off the court:

After the game, LeBron spoke with reporters about the loss.

“We got our ass kicked. It is that simple,” LeBron said after losing consecutive first-round games for the first time in his 15-year career.

“They did whatever they wanted to win this game.”

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Joshua is a senior sports writer with over four years' experience in online writing. He graduated with a BA in Ancient History from The University of Manchester before receiving an MA in Sports Journalism from The University of Central Lancashire. He became a trending writer for a leading social publisher and later spent time covering the 2018 World Cup for The Mirror Online. He then moved to a social marketing agency where he acted as website editor. His specialties on The Focus include F1, tennis, NBA, NFL and combat sports.