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Lakers' LeBron James: Hints at retirement
James said after Monday's 113-111 season-ending loss to the Nuggets that he's unsure if he'll remain with the Lakers when the 2023-24 season starts and is considering retirement, Chris Haynes of Turner Sports reports. "I'm simply not sure if I'll be back in the fall when the season begins," James said following the Game 4 loss. "I have a lot to think about."
James submitted his best game of the postseason Monday, but it wasn't enough to prevent the Nuggets from sweeping the Lakers in the Western Conference Finals. His statement about his playing future is far from a definitive one, and his comments should be taken with a grain of salt considering all of the emotions that surface after a demanding season comes to a close. The 38-year-old battled through a foot injury and appeared in 25 straight games to end the campaign between the regular season and playoffs, averaging 25.0 points, 9.2 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.0 blocks in 36.8 minutes during that stretch. He's under contract for at least one more season with a $50.65 million player option for the 2024-25 campaign.
Clippers' Paul George: Set to resume workouts next week
George (knee) said Monday in his latest episode of "Podcast P with Paul George" that he plans to resume working out next week, Law Murray of The Athletic reports.
George missed the final eight games of the regular season as well as the entirety of the Clippers' first-round playoff series loss to the Suns in late April, but he may have had a chance to return from his right knee sprain had LA made a deeper run in the postseason. Due to the Clippers being eliminated in the first round, however, George has taken a less aggressive approach to his rehab process, though he'll take the first meaningful steps forward in his recovery beginning next week. The 33-year-old wing is expected to have a relatively normal offseason as he heads into the third season of his four-year, $176.27 million contract extension in 2023-24.
Lakers' Anthony Davis: Posts 20-10 performance in loss
Davis provided 21 points (6-15 FG, 9-10 FT), 14 rebounds, one assist, three blocks and one steal over 40 minutes during Monday's 113-111 loss to the Nuggets in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
Davis hauled in a team-high rebound total en route to posting a 20-point, 10 rebound performance for the third time of the Western Conference Finals series. Davis recorded a double-double in 13 of 16 postseason appearances.
Lakers' LeBron James: Near triple-double in 40-point game
James ended with 40 points (15-25 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 6-7 FT), 10 rebounds, nine assists and two steals across 48 minutes during Monday's 113-111 loss to Denver in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
James led the Lakers in scoring and assists while finishing with a double-double and coming up one assist short of a triple-double. James posted a playoff-high scoring total this postseason while recording at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists in 11 of 16 playoff appearances.
Nuggets' Michael Porter: Notches another double-double
Porter closed Monday's 113-111 victory over the Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals with 15 points (5-16 FG, 3-10 3Pt, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, one assist and one block in 41 minutes.
Porter finished as one of two Nuggets players with 10 or more rebounds while posting a double-double performance for the second straight game and for the third time in the Western Conference Finals. Porter has finished with at least 15 points and 10 boards in four playoff games.
Nuggets' Jamal Murray: Strong first half sparks offense
Murray notched 25 points (10-18 FG, 0-4 3Pt, 5-5 FT), three rebounds, five assists, one block and two steals in 43 minutes during Monday's 113-111 win over the Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
Murray finished second on the team in scoring while ending as one of three Nuggets players with 20 or more points in the Game 4 victory. Murray, who scored 15 of his points in the first half alone, has scored at least 25 points in five straight games, including in every game of the Western Conference Finals.
Nuggets' Aaron Gordon: Strong from deep to boost offense
Gordon registered 22 points (9-14 FG, 3-5 3Pt, 1-3 FT), six rebounds, five assists and two blocks in 41 minutes during Monday's 113-111 win over the Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
Gordon connected on a team-high-tying mark from three while finishing as one of three Nuggets with 20 or more points in Monday's Game 4. Gordon surpassed the 20-point mark for the second time this postseason, with his other such performance being a 23-point outing against Phoenix in Game 1 of the Conference Semifinals.
Nuggets' Nikola Jokic: Dominant showing in triple-double
Jokic supplied 30 points (11-24 FG, 3-6 3Pt, 5-6 FT), 14 rebounds, 13 assists, three blocks and one steal across 45 minutes during Monday's 113-111 victory over the Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.
Jokic led the team in scoring, rebounds, assists, blocks and minutes played while finishing with a triple-double in a series-clinching Game 4 win Monday. Jokic posted a triple-double in three of the four games against the Lakers and now has eight such performances this postseason.
Lakers' Dennis Schroder: Set to start Monday
Schroder is in the starting lineup for Monday's Game 4 against Denver, Chris Haynes of Turner Sports reports.
Schroder will replace D'Angelo Russell in the starting five Monday. Schroder is averaging 4.5 points, 5.0 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 28.5 minutes across his previous two appearances starting this postseason.
Lakers' Jarred Vanderbilt: Moves to bench
Vanderbilt isn't in the starting five for Monday's Game 4 against Denver, Chris Haynes of Turner Sports reports.
Rui Hachimura will replace Vanderbilt in the starting lineup Monday. Vanderbilt is averaging 2.0 points and 1.3 rebounds in 13.7 minutes across the first three games of the series.