LeBron James is locked in on trying to make history once again in the NBA Finals.

He could be the first player in NBA history to win a Finals MVP trophy with three different teams. The goal for him was in sight, but the Miami Heat were standing in the way fresh off of a game 3 win.

James didn’t want that to happen again. So, ahead of game 4 on Tuesday night, he had a simple message for all of his teammates. He sent it to them all in a group chat ahead of the game.

The only two words he sent were “Must win,” according to ESPN’s Dave McMenamin.

“LeBron James woke up from his pregame nap on Tuesday and included two words in a text to the Los Angeles Lakers’ group chat that said it all: Must win.”

“We see the message from our leader,” Anthony Davis said after the Lakers’ 102-96 Game 4 victory over the Miami Heat put them up 3-1 in the NBA Finals. “And he just left it at that.” 

Simple enough. That was, apparently, all that was needed. Now the Lakers sit just one win away from their NBA leading 18th title and James, himself, stands one win away from his fourth as well as another potential Finals MVP.

Seems like the message worked.


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