LeBron James has spent this season carrying the Los Angeles Lakers on his shoulders, and with only weeks remaining, the weight of that responsibility is finally starting to take its toll on the four-time MVP. James has missed scattered games here and there, and an ankle injury is the latest ailment to affect the aging superstar.
James spent his time at Monday’s practice undergoing treatment on the swelling in his left ankle, according to Lakers coach Frank Vogel, and was initially listed as doubtful for Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. Shortly before the scheduled opening tip, Vogel confirmed that both James and Anthony Davis would miss their matchup with the Mavericks due to their respective injuries. While Vogel did not give any sort of timeline on when LeBron could return, he did note that James’ latest injury was “the latest and maybe biggest blow to our psyche.”
In the first half of Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Pelicans, James stepped on the foot of Jaxson Hayes. This caused James’ ankle to twist, and he immediately got checked out by team staffers.
He managed to work through the pain and stay in the game, ultimately scoring 39 points to try to will his team to a sorely-needed victory. It wasn’t enough. The Pelicans defeated the Lakers 116-108, and now James is dealing with the consequences of playing through the injury.
“It’s horrible right now. And unfortunately, we’re about to hop on a flight, too,” James said. “See what happens day-to-day. But it’s pretty sore right now.”
James added that he “lost all explosiveness” after the injury, and it showed down the stretch. James scored just four points in the fourth quarter, unable to will the Lakers to a win down the stretch as he has so many times this season. If he can’t return in time for Tuesday’s game against the Mavericks, the Lakers will be in serious trouble.
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Author : Sam Quinn
Publish date : 2022-03-29 22:20:51
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