Thursday night saw Damian Lillard, LeBron James, and Anthony Davis getting eliminated from the 2021 NBA playoffs. The trio of stars entered Game 6 of their respective series in the same position: they needed to win a home game to force Game 7, which never happened.
Nikola Jokic, Michael Porter Jr., and Aaron Gordon took care of the Portland Trail Blazers. On the other hand, the Suns dominated the Los Angeles Lakers to advance to the second round.
After both games were finished, Redditor "KornrowKawhi" started discussing the 'Space Jam' curse involving all these players. Curiously, their teams couldn't make it past the first round of the postseason.
The Space Jam Curse: every NBA player to star in 2021's Space Jam: A New Legacy has had their team eliminated in the postseason before the second round of the NBA playoffs.
LeBron James and Anthony Davis (Lakers), Damian Lillard (Trail Blazers), Klay Thompson (Warriors) all had their respective NBA teams eliminated before the second round of the 2021 playoffs. All of the players are also voicing characters in the film Space Jam: A New Legacy.
This is a big coincidence and nothing else. But, it's still curious that they were eliminated on the same day while facing the same circumstances and against a team that they were expected to beat.
Both the Lakers and Trail Blazers will have a very moved offseason, trying to improve their roster to maximize their stars' chances to win the championship in the next couple of seasons.
Meanwhile, Lillard, James, Davis, and Thompson will play a very important game this summer when Space Jam: A New Legacy hits the theaters.