With the Los Angeles Lakers on the brink of total disaster — they’re 11th in the Western Conference and out of the qualifying tournament table — they continue to deal with the injury issues that have plagued them all season.
LeBron James, who missed Tuesday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks with a sprained ankle, won’t adapt Thursday when the Lakers travel to Salt Lake City to face the Utah Jazz.
Apparently, the superstar quit the team to return to Los Angeles for treatment.
Going through ESPN:
“Lakers star LeBron James left the team’s road trip early to continue ankle rehabilitation in Los Angeles, according to the team.”
James was injured for the first time on Sunday when the Lakers lost to the New Orleans Pelicans, a loss that could very well cost them a spot in the qualifying tournament on their own.
Meanwhile Anthony Davis, who has stepped things up and is set to return from a sprained foot he suffered six weeks ago, is unlikely to be ready to return on Thursday as he is listed as doubtful.
AD is about to return, however
Although fans likely won’t see Davis on Thursday, he’s reportedly about to get dressed again.
The Lakers will face the Pelicans again on Friday, this time at home.
LA has been sorely missed by Davis, not only offensively, but also defensively and on the boards. He’s been undersized since he came out, and he’s had a lot of trouble containing teams defensively, especially in the paint.
The Mavs exploited those issues on Tuesday, as their superstar Luka Doncic led the way and made easy field goals for himself and his teammates time and time again.