Another Star Added to Lakers’ Injury Woes After LeBron James Frustration

Published 11/12/2021, 11:30 AM EST
Oct 27, 2021; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) watches the game from the bench during the second quarter against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Paycom Center. Mandatory Credit: Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports


LeBron James is one of the most distinguished players in the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers star has been a mainstay in the league since kick-starting his NBA career in 2003. LeBron remains a talisman for the Lakers and led the franchise to the 2020 NBA championship title. The 36-year-old power forward is currently playing in his 19th NBA season.

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LeBron, for the most part of his career, has managed to remain healthy and fit for his respective franchises. Injuries, however, are something that every athlete faces in his/her career, and LeBron is no stranger to this. The Lakers have begun their new 2021-22 NBA season in mixed form, losing their first game to the Golden State Warriors.

Oct 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) dribbles a ball against Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) during the first quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kiyoshi Mio-USA TODAY Sports

Injuries have added to their poor form as LeBron and other key players have sustained injuries. The Lakers have added Austin Reaves to their updated injury list.

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The Lakers’ talisman and 2020 NBA Finals MVP LeBron James is out with a rectus abdominal strain. Anthony Davis is out with a right thumb sprain, but his appearance against the Minnesota Timberwolves is plausible. Rajon Rondo, another key player’s appearance in the next game is questionable as he is out with a left hamstring strain.

Austin Reaves was also added to this long injury list as he suffers from a left hamstring strain, in what is to be another blow to the Lakers bench choices.

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The Lakers defeat the Miami Heat in LeBron James’ absence

The Los Angeles Lakers defeated LeBron James‘ former team, the Miami Heat, in an intense home game. LeBron missed his fourth straight game through an abdominal strain injury. The Lakers eventually finished the game with a final score of 120-117, beating the Heat at Staples Center.

Feb 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) during the closing second of the Lakers 96-94 loss to the Miami Heat at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Malik Monk was in fiery form for the Lakers with 27 points followed closely by Russell Westbrook, who scored 25 points. Bam Adebayo led the Heat score with 28 points pursued by Tyler Herro with 27 points. The Lakers improved their record to 7-5 as the Heat lost their third straight game. The Lakers face the Minnesota Timberwolves next.

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Shalom Saldanha

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Shalom Saldanha is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his journalism degree, he has previously worked as a sports corresspondent for India Shorts/Business Upturn. A Giannis Antetokounmpo and Bucks fan, Shalom primarily got into the sport after discovering that he shared a mutual love for Arsenal with the 'Greek Freak'.

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