The Los Angeles Lakers are officially ruling out LeBron James for Thursday's game against the Utah Jazz. Meanwhile, Anthony Davis has been labeled as doubtful for the game as he nears his return.
LeBron missed their Tuesday showdown with the Dallas Mavericks because of an ankle injury. He sustained the issue on Sunday against the New Orleans Pelicans, accidentally rolling his right ankle in a rather scary scene for the Purple and Gold faithful. While he was able to play through it in the contest, he described his injury as “horrible” in his postgame presser.
Now, according to the official release of the Lakers, he will remain sidelined when they visit Salt Lake City to face the Jazz.
LeBron James went down after rolling his left ankle but he's up and will try to continue. 🙏 pic.twitter.com/80KfTrA1aE
— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 27, 2022
Anthony Davis, for his part, has been out since February 16 due to a mid-foot sprain. With that said, his doubtful designation is actually an upgrade. However, he is not really expected to play against the Jazz.
As Michael Corvo of ClutchPoints reported on Tuesday, Davis' target return date is on Friday when they play the New Orleans Pelicans again, or Sunday against the Denver Nuggets.
Hopes are high that both LeBron and Davis can return sooner rather than later. The Lakers have already dropped out of the top 10 seeds and are now 11th, meaning they could miss the play-in tournament. An automatic playoff qualification spot is already out of the question, but they could still make the postseason if they make it to the 10th seed and get into the play-in tournament with a healthy LeBron and AD.
It remains to be seen if the Lakers can actually pull it off, but all eyes are certainly on them.