Lakers injury updates: LeBron James, Anthony Davis are playing Rockets vs.
The Lakers will fall short for Wednesday night’s game against the Rockets.
That both LeBron James (ankle) and Anthony Davis (thorn) would not be available on the second night after the Los Angeles Knicks ’extra stretch.
This will mark James ’sixth consecutive loss due to injury and the 22nd game he has lost in the team’s last 24 games.
That said, James reported via his Twitter account that he is “closer” to returning to action. James also said he would go to Wednesday’s game to watch the Lakers raise the banner of the 2020 NBA Championship at the Staples Center.
Come on but tonight I’m not going to be in the starting lineup, but more importantly, I’m going to be there to put that CHAMPIONSHIP banner in front of our Staples Center sheds !! # Ez17 💜💛
– LeBron James (@KingJames) May 12, 2021
As for Davis, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reported that the big man will not be taking action against the Rockets. Davis injured a Knicks player on Tuesday and then admitted after the competition that he was “hurt”.
“I’m hurting,” Davis said. For each McMenamin. “It’s not my body anymore, my limbs were tightened … I’m not sure [Wednesday]. That is, I will receive treatment and see how I feel. I mean I’m going to play, but it really worried me [Tuesday]. We’ll see how I feel [Wednesday] and then during the day. “
Clearly, Davis didn’t feel good enough to go, and it makes sense that he and the Lakers would play it safe. He wanted the injury not to last as long as he did and to lose “a couple of games”. It seems the Lakers have decided to give him another day to heal from his last illness.
Even without James and Davis, the Lakers will be able to beat the Rockets. Houston is the worst 16-53 of the NBA season and has a 1-9 record in the last 10 games. But he’s already blocked the top spot in the 2021 NBA Draft lottery, so maybe he’ll like the opportunity to play spoiler and the Lakers will hurt his chances of avoiding the NBA play-in tournament.