The Los Angeles Lakers and LeBron James are currently inside the play-in spots and are looking seemingly ready with a new team. The All-Time leading scorer in the NBA is facing injury concerns which could see him miss multiple games. King James has been battling his foot injury for the majority of the season, and it is catching up to him. Nonetheless, this time it is his other foot that is giving him problems.
The Lakers’ last time out against the Dallas Mavericks completed a 22-point turnaround, for the win. King James went on to put up a 26-point performance, as the entire team put in a good shift. The young guns for the Lakers, especially Jarred Vanderbilt, look to be bringing a much-needed defensive contribution. LeBron completed the entirety of the match, but injury concerns loom over him, after his evaluation.
How did LeBron James get injured?
LeBron James injured his ankle against the Mavs last timeout in a comeback win, 111-108. James picked up the injury at the end of the third quarter. The 4x MVP went up for a layup against Dwight Powell and missed it. However, he fell to the ground holding his foot saying, “I heard it pop.” Nonetheless, he continued to play most of the fourth quarter and played 37 minutes.
LeBron is a key player for the Lakers this entire season. The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported, “There’s fear Lakers star LeBron James is likely to miss an extended period of time with his right foot injury. James suffered the injury in Sunday’s win over Dallas, played through it, and belief is he will be sidelined an indefinite amount.”
James miraculously played through the injury that is now expected to require multiple opinions, sources said, and the Lakers are bracing for his absence to be multiple weeks. https://t.co/zuovQ2wVzc
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 28, 2023
LeBron is a key player for the Lakers, and how the team performs in his absence will determine their season. The Lakers will be short-handed once again as they face the Memphis Grizzlies in their next game. After suffering the injury in his right foot, he will be absent from the game as per Shams Charania. Other than James, D’Angelo Russell is also suffering from an injury (right ankle sprain), which makes him a doubt for the Grizzlies game.
The Lakers have been in good form after the break, winning 2 games, and a 3-game win streak. It is down to the rest of the players to step up their game to keep their season alive. That being said, they will be feeling a lot of pressure, as the Western Conference, is tightly contested.