Lakers vs Thunder: Why is LeBron James Not Playing Tonight?

Published 11/04/2021, 10:35 PM EDT
DENVER, CO – FEBRUARY 12: LeBron James (23) of the Los Angeles Lakers wipes sweat from his brow during the second quarter against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, February 12, 2020. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)


The Los Angeles Lakers are finally figuring things out. Their ‘Big 3’ of LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and Anthony Davis are working well together. However, it seems luck has yet again gone against them. In their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Lakers will miss LeBron James once again. This will hurt them big time since the ‘King’ has been playing really well since his return.

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Since James’ return, the Lakers are yet to lose a game. Going a 3 game win streak, the on court chemistry has stated to look good with each game. With LeBron missing this contest, it adds a major hiccup in the road as the Lakers were building their unit.

Nov 2, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) shoots against Houston Rockets forward Jae’Sean Tate (8) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

With LeBron putting up a great performance in his last game, what happened to the ‘King’?

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The news of LeBron James’ injury couldn’t come at a worse time for the Lakers. The ‘King’ is coming off a dominating performance, scoring 14 of the last 30 points for the Lake show in the last game. Moreover, he has been the spreadhead of their team acting as a leader.

Moreover, James will be missing almost a week of action. Hence, not only OKC, but he will miss their games against Portland Trail Blazers, Charlotte Hornets and the Miami Heat. This could affect the purple and gold a lot as James was finally looking comfortable with his previous ankle injury.

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For the Lakers, it is crucial to keep their heads straight in this situation. While they are missing a key piece, Anthony Davis and Russ have proved that they can work as a duo. In addition, Carmelo Anthony is also off to a hot start at home averaging almost 20 points per game.

Without LeBron, the Lakers need to make a statement as a unit and get the job done. They have some tough teams coming up in their schedule and it won’t be an easy task for here on out. Davis, Russ and Melo need to shine much brighter in LeBron James’ absence and keep the Lakers afloat at this time.

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Anuj Talwalkar

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Anuj Talwalkar is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He is a student studying at NM College in Mumbai, aspiring to pursue sports management to follow his love for sports. Anuj started following the NBA last year, and he loves to combine his passion for writing with his understanding of basketball.

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