Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James: Need A-game in first playoff clash with Suns’ Chris Paul

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Friends since their high school days, former USA Basketball teammates and NBA Players Association leadership members together, LeBron James and Chris Paul are about to meet in the playoffs for the first time in their storied careers.

“It’s going to be comparable to playing against [Rajon] Rondo in a series, playing against Draymond [Green] in a series,” James told reporters on a videoconference Friday. “You have those out-of-this-world I.Q. type guys and fierce competitors, at the same time. So it’s the same thing.

“Every time I faced Rondo in the past, I knew I had to be not only on my A-game as far as my game, but also my mind as well. And that’s the same with Draymond, every time you go against those Warriors teams. So I’ve had experiences with those two guys, so that will definitely help me in matching up with CP because I know the competitor and I know the I.Q. of the basketball player that he is.”

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