LeBron James says that he sprained his ankle pretty good against the Los Angeles Clippers. Will he suit up against the Timberwolves?
The Los Angeles Lakers were on a high ever since claiming the 2020 Larry O’Brien trophy back in October. The Los Angeles Clippers decided to bring the Lakers back down to Earth and handed them their first loss of the season on the night of their ring ceremony.
The Lakers fell to the Clippers 116-109. LeBron James seemed sluggish throughout the entirety of the game. He managed to rack up 22 points while going 7-17 from the field. As if the loss wasn’t enough, James also sustained an injury during play.
LeBron notably sat out the final 8 minutes of the game against the Clippers. This was because, according to James, him rolling his left ankle “pretty good”.
What is the status of LeBron James ahead of tonight’s game against Minnesota?
Despite LeBron James spraining his left ankle, he decided to hit the floor for the Lakers vs. Mavericks Christmas Day game. He played much more confidently and had 22 points and 10 assists against Luka and the Mavs.
His ankle didn’t seem like an issue during the Mavs game. However, he is still present on the injury list. He is listed as probable for tonight. Though it may seem like LeBron is fine with powering through the sprained ankle, tonight’s game is the first of a back-to-back. The Lakers play the Blazers Monday night.
Frank Vogel has said that LeBron James’s minutes will be managed while also keeping in mind what games he plays. It would be unwise for him to play both games of the back-to-back.
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So it would be in the Lakers’ best interest to rest LeBron for either one of these two games. If he decides to play both, his minutes will be monitored quite heavily.