LeBron James injury update: Lakers star to rest ankle against Nuggets with Los Angeles
LeBron James returned to the field this weekend for the Lakers after missing 20 straight games with an ankle injury. Los Angeles having lost five of the seven games before his return, James was supposed to provide a spark to the roster and help the reeling Lakers make up for some of the ground they had lost in the Western Conference standings.
Instead, the Lakers abandoned the two games they played with James. And against the Raptors, James came out with an ankle pain after 27 minutes of action and was ruled out for the remainder of the game. As a result, he’s gearing up for another absence, and it’s just a matter of whether it will be a long absence.
The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports that James will miss the last end of a straight Monday night game against the Nuggets while dealing with the ankle issue. However, the most important part of the report is that James’ status for Thursday night’s team game is “uncertain”.
Lakers star LeBron James will miss tonight’s back-to-back against Denver with right ankle pain, sources say @TheAthletic @Stadium. His status is uncertain at the moment for the next game, Thursday against the Clippers.
– Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 3, 2021
The fact that the game against the Clippers comes after two full days off for the Lakers is a plus for James, as he will have extra time to put his ankle to full strength. However, with James already being viewed as “uncertain” for such a distant game is certainly not a good thing, and that means the Lakers will be watching James very closely as he tries to get back into good health before the start. of the playoffs.
In addition to James being absent, the Lakers will also be without guard Dennis Schroeder as he enters the league’s health and safety protocols. Schroeder sits third on the team with 15.5 points per game and has been instrumental in the team’s rotation with and without James this year.
With just eight games to play in the season, every game counts for the seventh-ranked Lakers (36-28). They’re looking to avoid having to play in the NBA play-in tournament, but if James runs out of time, the Lakers could find themselves locked in the No.7 seed and make it into the play-in.
This is something James and Co. would like to avoid, but as long as the star of the team is away it will be difficult for them to string together victories. They are just 8-13 in 21 games without James so far this season.