As a result of tendinitis in his left ankle, LeBron James, the top player for the Los Angeles Lakers, will not be able to participate in their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night.
It was immediately after the Lakers’ loss to the Chicago Bulls by a score of 124-108 on Wednesday night that the announcement was made. James concluded the game with a score that was very close to a triple-double. In the game that took place at the United Center, he played 37 minutes and finished with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists.
James has now missed the second game in a back-to-back for the second time in the past two weeks. This is the second time overall. The Lakers, who are coming off of their championship run in the inaugural NBA in-season tournament earlier this month, are also in the middle of what has been a very hectic schedule for them. This event takes place midway through their calendar. James confessed on Wednesday night that the schedule is having a negative impact on his life.
At the in-season event, James was a shining example. The event’s Most Valuable Player award was bestowed upon him after he averaged 26.4 points, eight rebounds, and 7.6 assists. In addition to that, he shot nearly 57% from the field. Nevertheless, the Lakers have been having a difficult time ever since they won the title against the Indiana Pacers.
They have already suffered three consecutive defeats since hoisting the NBA Cup, and they have only earned one victory in their most recent four matches. The result is that they are now 15-13 going into the game that will take place in Minneapolis on Thursday night.
James is now averaging 25.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, and 7.3 assists per game this season, which is his 21st in the league. James will turn 39 later this month. There have been multiple injuries that have prevented James from participating in more than 56 games in a single season since the year 2020.
The Minnesota Timberwolves, who now have the top record in the Western Conference with a record of 20-6, are coming off of a defeat to the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 127-113 on Wednesday night.
On Saturday, the Los Angeles Lakers will play the Oklahoma City Thunder to bring their three-game road trip to a close. After that, they will return to Los Angeles to play the Boston Celtics on Christmas Day. Including the game that will take place on Thursday night, the Lakers have a total of six games scheduled for the remaining 11 days of 2023, that includes another back-to-back.