VIDEO: LeBron James spotted rehabbing ankle injury mid-game in Lakers vs. Jazz
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James was caught on camera rehabbing his right ankle in the sidelines during Saturday’s game against the Utah Jazz. James was putting weight on his right ankle, which is a good sign for the Purple and Gold.
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Without James, the Lakers were able to exceed expectations and tread water. After beating the Jazz in overtime, LA has now won seven games without both Anthony Davis and James—staying afloat in the competitive Western Conference standings. The goal of the LA is to at least avoid the play-in tournament, so wins like Saturday’s game was a big one for the defending champions.
LeBron James has been out for almost a month now, but he is expected be back on the court soon. ESPN’’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported last April 10 that James is set to come back in three weeks. James was averaging 25.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game and was even in the MVP conversation before Atlanta Hawks swingman Solomon Hill dived into his right ankle.
James’ injury is just one of the many health issues the Lakers have suffered all season. Thankfully for the franchise, their depth is what’s keeping them afloat in the past couple of weeks. Role players like Dennis Schroder, Andre Drummond, Markieff Morris, Talen Horton-Tucker Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Kyle Kuzma have carried the scoring load for the squad in the absence of their superstars.
The Lakers might get their best player back by the end of the month, but for now, they have to find ways to win. Their upcoming schedule will be tough as well, as they face the Jazz once again on Monday and the Dallas Mavericks in back-to-back games.
However, a good sign for the Lakers is that they might have Davis back in the coming week.