LeBron James injury update: Lakers star ruled out due to left ankle pain

There is no doubt that the Los Angeles Lakers are heavily reliant on LeBron James’ availability to play. Amidst the consistency issues that the Lakers have, the injuries are more or less salt to the wounds of the already fractured organization, especially when the victim of the injury is their star player, LeBron James.

With the absence of LeBron, the team led by Anthony Davis will be eager to stop their regional rivals, the very hot Los Angeles Clippers in the Battle of Los Angeles which is set to draw nationwide attention.

LeBron James sidelined with left ankle pain

Earlier today, the Los Angeles Lakers announced that LeBron James will not be playing for the team in its fixture against hometown rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers.

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The King is set to miss his fifth game this season via Getty Images

The King, who is in his 21st season, is set to miss the rivalry with left ankle pain, and, certainly, the team doesn’t want to take the gamble of playing LeBron which could result in a more serious injury. Apart from his strenuous workouts and extraordinary diets, rest is a key factor in optimizing and elevating LeBron James’ overall attributes, a move that will elongate his career even further.

The 39-year-old who is averaging a spectacular 24.8 points per game along with 7.4 assists and 7.2 rebounds per game will be missing his fifth game in the 2023-24 NBA season. Bron’s injury scare comes amidst the Lakers’ ongoing struggles where they sit at the 9th seed in the highly challenging Western Conference.

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The 39-year-old has been crucial for the Lakers this season via Associated Press

With the LeBron James out, the Lakers are set to get into battle led by their dominant center, Anthony Davis.

Lakers adjust without LeBron James in key battle against clippers

The Los Angeles Lakers cannot afford to lose any more games at this point in the season, with or without LeBron James playing. In the absence of Bron, the Purple and Gold are set to battle one of the best teams in the league right now, their neighbors, the Los Angeles Clippers.

Led by superstars Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, the team boasts the presence of players such as James Harden and Russell Westbrook who have been massive in the team’s dominant run this year. While the Lakers will be missing LeBron, the Clippers will be missing their integral center, Ivica Zubac who is unavailable over the next 2-3 weeks with an injury.

Paul George
The Clippers have been phenomenal this season via USA Today Sports

Although the Clippers have the more star-studded lineup, the Lakers too have the skill and talent that is required to beat their rivals. Amidst trade talks and rumors, D’Angelo Russell has found his groove and has been wreaking havoc against every team in his way. Over the last five games, the star has averaged a mighty 27.2 points making a case for himself in the Lakers’ trade talks.

Zubac’s absence creates an opportunity for Anthony Davis to potentially have a standout performance against Kawhi Leonard and the opposing team. Davis has been highly engaged and dynamic for the Lakers this season, consistently playing in the majority of the games and making significant contributions to the team’s defense in a spectacular fashion.

Anthony Davis
Davis has the perfect opportunity to thrive against the Clippers via Getty Images

With both teams set for tipoff, it is truly a season-defining moment for the Lakers who would like to begin a winning streak. Their neighbors, the Clippers will hope to continue their dominant run in the league, instilling a sense of fear against every opponent they seem to face.

Who do you think will emerge victorious in the Battle of Los Angeles? What are your thoughts on D’Angelo Russell’s sudden spark in form? Should the Lakers keep him? We are eager to know your thoughts and opinions, so feel free to comment below.

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