Report: Lakers star LeBron James set to miss Clippers, Blazers games with ankle injury
LeBron James will miss the Los Angeles Lakers’ next two games — a Thursday-Friday road back-to-back vs. the Los Angeles Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers — in order to rest his right ankle, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported on Tuesday.
Woj says the Lakers will “proceed cautiously” with their superstar as the playoffs fast approach, and he could miss more than two games.
LeBron James will miss the Lakers back-to-back vs. the Clippers and Blazers as he recovers from the ankle injury.
He re-aggravated the injury Sunday vs. the Raptors.
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James (high right ankle sprain) returned from a 20-game absence for last Friday’s matchup with the Sacramento Kings. After putting up 16 points, eight rebounds, and seven assists in 32 minutes, James was thankful to come out of the game “unscathed,” considering his inability to properly gauge his ankle beforehand.
“I haven’t played in a game in six weeks, no contact, no 5-on-5. I’ve been doing a bunch of individual workouts and a lot of running, trying to keep my heart rate going, my conditioning going,” the Lakers star revealed. “For my first game in six weeks, I felt OK. As far as my wind, I felt pretty good. As far as my ankle, my ankle was a little tight at times, obviously just doing different movements, different things that I haven’t done in a game situation in six weeks. So, I think as the games go on that will continue to improve. But I came out unscathed and pretty good, so it’s a good start.”
James’ ankle failed to make it through his second game back, as he was forced to exit his team’s home loss to the Toronto Raptors with what he described as a “sharp pain” that he hadn’t felt in warmups. Afterward, he stopped short of saying that he suffered a setback, but again voiced his frustration with the lack of practice time built into the schedule, causing him to use actual games as a trial run.
Per Woj, LeBron has “experienced some trouble making hard cuts and exploding” since returning.