The playing status of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James for their upcoming game against the Portland Trail Blazers remains up in the air due to a nagging ankle injury, per Kyle Goon of the Orange County Register. The four-time MVP initially hurt it back in their season opener against the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Lakers star tweaked the ankle again on Sunday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Los Angeles is right back in action on Monday against the Portland Trail Blazers, so there's a chance James just gets the night off.
However, it sounds like he would like to play if he can:
LeBron on his ankle: "It's been better, but it feels pretty good."
He says he'll sleep on it and see how it feels tomorrow.
— Kyle Goon (@kylegoon) December 28, 2020
Despite the injury in the season opener, LeBron James still managed to play in the Lakers' Christmas Day encounter against the Dallas Mavericks. He nearly recorded a triple-double performance with 22 points, seven rebounds, and 10 assists in a lopsided 138-115 victory.
In the third game of the season, James rolled the same ankle once again near the end of the first half. With the Lakers leading big all throughout the matchup, head coach Frank Vogel decided to limit James' action on the floor as a cautionary measure for his injury.
Despite playing just 26 minutes, James still racked up 18 points, nine rebounds, and five assists. Kyle Kuzma also backstopped his teammate and added 20 points, three rebounds, and three assists of his own.
Without star big man Anthony Davis, the Lakers still managed to dominate in a 127-91 victory against the Timberwolves, who also played without star center Karl-Anthony Towns. With the win, the Lakers now hold a 2-1 tally, while their opponent dropped to an identical record.
Despite the uncertainty, the Lakers are looking to carry on with their momentum amid LeBron James' injury situation when they host the Blazers on Monday.