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LeBron James 2021 leaves Lakers39; game with right ankle injury

LeBron James 2021  leaves Lakers39; game with right ankle injury
LeBron James injury

LeBron James 2021 leaves Lakers39; game with right ankle injury

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Sat, 20 Mar 2021 17:00:00 -0700

LeBron James injures his ankle in the second quarter and does not return

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LeBron James immediately grabbed at his right ankle after collision with Hawks player.

UPDATE: LeBron James has been diagnosed with a high right ankle sprain and will be out indefinitely, multiple outlets reported after the Lakers star was injured in Saturday’s home loss to the Hawks.

High-ankle sprain for LeBron James, out indefinitely, source tells ESPN.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 20, 2021

LeBron James has been diagnosed with a high right ankle sprain, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.

— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 20, 2021

Recovery rates vary, but high ankle sprains typically take anywhere from six weeks to three months to mend.

The Lakers’ final regular season game is in roughly two months, on May 16.

James lands on the injured list with fellow star Anthony Davis, who is out at least several more weeks with the Achilles strain that has sidelined him since Feb.

16.

James, 36, had missed just one game this season, when a left ankle sprain kept him out against the Kings in the final game before the All-Star break.

He hasn’t missed significant time since a hamstring injury cost him 17 straight games midway through the 2018-19 season.

Per ESPN Stats & Info, it will mark only the fifth time in James’ 18-year career that he’s missed at least five consecutive games.

Nothing angers and saddens me more than not being available to and for my teammates! I’m hurt inside and out right now.

🤦🏾‍♂️.

The road back from recovery begins now.

Back soon like I never left.

#ThekidfromAKRON🤴🏾

— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 21, 2021

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James injured his right ankle during the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday, leaving the court in visible frustration after attempting to play through the injury.

James left early in the second quarter, and the team later announced he would not return.

The Lakers didn’t say whether James will have X-rays or an MRI, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported the X-rays came back negative.

X-rays negative on LeBron James’ right ankle, source tells ESPN.

MRI results still pending.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 20, 2021

The 17-time All-Star got hurt when he rolled his right ankle and then made awkward contact with defender Solomon Hill on the perimeter.

James fell to the court and screamed, briefly rolling around in obvious pain.

But he got up shortly afterward and walked it off during a timeout.

The 36-year-old superstar stayed in the game and even hit a corner 3-pointer on the Lakers’ ensuing possession.

James then called another timeout moments later and took himself out of the game, smacking a chair in frustration as he walked off the court behind the Lakers’ basket.

He immediately went to the locker room accompanied by the Lakers’ training staff and Anthony Davis, who hasn’t played since Valentine’s Day due to a right calf injury.

James is averaging 25.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.0 assists in a commanding 18th NBA season for the defending champion Lakers, who sit second in the overall NBA standings despite Davis’ lengthy absence.

James’ inspired play is the biggest reason for Los Angeles’ continued success, with his teammates and observers around the league touting him for his fifth NBA MVP award.

He was playing the final game of a spectacular individual week during the Lakers’ four-game winning streak, with back-to-back triple-doubles before a 37-point performance against Charlotte on Thursday.

James’ 3-pointer gave him 11 points against the Hawks, extending to 1,036 his NBA-record streak of consecutive games with at least 10 points.

The streak is by far the longest in NBA history, with Michael Jordan second at 866.

In addition to his incredible talent, James has been remarkably durable over his NBA career.

He had never missed more than a handful of games in any season before his first year with the Lakers, when a groin injury sidelined him for 17 consecutive games.

James had missed only one game this season, sitting out the Lakers’ final game before he had to travel to Atlanta for the All-Star break.

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Sat, 20 Mar 2021 17:00:00 -0700

Lakers star LeBron James has a high ankle sprain and is out indefinitely, the team announced on Saturday, after he exited Los Angeles' loss to the Atlanta 

LeBron James appears to roll his ankle and initially tries to stay in the game, but eventually exits for the locker room.

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LOS ANGELES — LeBron James has a high ankle sprain and is out indefinitely, the Los Angeles Lakers announced Saturday.

James exited the Lakers’ 99-94 loss to the Atlanta Hawks in the first half after Solomon Hill collided with his right ankle.

James knocked over a chair in frustration on his way to the locker room, and received X-rays and an MRI on the ankle after the game, sources told ESPN.

Hill was called for a foul with 10:50 remaining in the second quarter when the Hawks’ forward fell on James’ right ankle while trying to steal the ball.

James immediately shouted in pain and rolled off the court, clutching his right leg.

The Lakers called timeout to check on the 18-year veteran, with several teammates, coaches and members of the medical staff trekking across the court to surround James while he was on the floor.

“I haven’t necessarily seen him scream and scowl like that probably ever,” teammate Kyle Kuzma said.

Several of James’ teammates took exception with Hill’s involvement in the play.

“A guy dove for a loose ball, took his leg out from up under him,” Montrezl Harrell said.

“I really don’t feel like it was one of those loose-ball plays.

He had to go through his leg to get the ball, man.

He was turned sideways.

The ball was behind him.

I mean, you’re jumping at an angle, going across this way, I mean, I don’t know how you feel that’s a loose ball.”

Dennis Schroder concurred.

“That’s an unnecessary play to dive in the leg like that,” he said.

After the game, Hill tweeted a note to critics, who might have thought the move was intentional.

would never disrespect the game and take a player out purposely…

he knows that.

that’s all that matters to me.

praying for a speedy recovery.

#riptothementionstho #moredmsthansaweetie

James, 36, was able to stand on his own and limped back to the bench where he laced his sneakers and stayed in the game after the timeout.

On the Lakers’ first possession out of the timeout, James hit a 3 from the corner, lifting his stat line to 10 points on 3-for-6 shooting, keeping his streak intact of 1,036 straight games — including Saturday — scoring 10 points or more.

The Lakers called another timeout shortly thereafter and James checked out of the game for good with 10:04 remaining in the second quarter, with his team trailing 34-30.

Shortly after, the Lakers made the announcement he would not return.

Lakers vice president of basketball operations and general manager Rob Pelinka and Anthony Davis were among the group of Lakers staffers to accompany James to the locker room.

“I won’t disclose what any mood of LeBron was like internally,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said.

“It’s in-house.”

Kuzma said that the team did not see James after the game and the four-time champion did not speak to reporters.

He did, however, write an optimistic post on Twitter.

Nothing angers and saddens me more than not being available to and for my teammates! I’m hurt inside and out right now.

🤦🏾‍♂️.

The road back from recovery begins now.

Back soon like I never left.

#ThekidfromAKRON🤴🏾

The Lakers’ next game is on Sunday on the second leg of a back-to-back on the road against the Phoenix Suns.

James did fly with the team for the game, according to a team spokesperson.

Some players expressed optimism about James’ recovery prospects after the game.

“He’s bounced back before and he will in a couple of days,” Schroder said.

“So, I’m not worried.”

Said Harrell: “This guy is a pro, man.

I don’t think it’s going to set him back too much, but he is human, man.”

Coming into Saturday, James was averaging 25.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.0 assists and played in all but one game for the Lakers this season, keeping his name atop the MVP conversation.

L.A.

lost the game James missed for rest, 123-120 to the Sacramento Kings, right before the All-Star break.

The defending champions were already undermanned to begin with, missing an All-Star in Davis the past 14 games because of a calf strain and tendinosis in his right leg and playing without starting center Marc Gasol the past seven games while he was in the league’s health and safety protocols.

“We have enough offensive firepower and we have a defensive mentality with our group so to me, we have enough to win,” Vogel said.

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– March 21, 2021
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