Lakers vs Warriors Play-in: LeBron James Ankle Injury Update- Will He Return with No Minute Restrictions?

Published 05/19/2021, 12:07 PM EDT
Mar 2, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts against the Phoenix Suns during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers haven’t had the best of regular seasons this season. Marred with injuries to superstars LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the defending champions finished as the 7th seed and are destined for a Lakers vs Warriors play-in game.

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Going up against a Steph Curry-led Golden State Warriors team, the Lakers need their talisman LeBron James more than ever, but will he play against the Dubs?

LeBron James ankle injury update

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After starting the NBA season in fantastic form, ‘King James‘ was one of the favorites to win the MVP trophy. But injury derailed his MVP candidature and as he suffered from a freak high ankle sprain against the Hawks.

Scheduled to be out for almost six weeks, the Lakers were without both of their superstars for quite some time. With Bron out of the lineup, the champions dropped off to the sixth seed.

Apr 22, 2021; Dallas, Texas, USA; Los Angeles Lakers injured forward LeBron James (23) speaks with teammates during the second quarter against the Dallas Mavericks at American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Seeing his team slipping to the sixth seed and clearly struggling, Bron made his return after missing 20 straight games. But his return was unfruitful, to say the least, as he was clearly struggling on the court and didn’t have his usual athleticism.

After playing two games, LBJ left the game with sharp pain and sat out for the next six games. The 36-year-old finally made his return for the last two games of the regular season scoring a total of 49 points in these games.

But the King might have suffered yet another setback as he landed on an opponent’s foot and tweaked his right foot. Given that he has just comeback from an injury, Laker fans were surely scared to see their talisman leave the court after the awkward fall.

LBJ’s status for the Lakers vs Warriors Play-in game

Despite his latest injury scare, James has made it clear that he is ready to go blow for blow against the Dubs. In the last two games he has played in, LBJ has limited up his minutes to 27-28 minutes per game.

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But given how high the stakes are against the Warriors, the 17-time All-Star might be ready to go all-in for the upcoming Lakers vs Warriors Play-in game. The Lakers know that capturing the seventh seed will be beneficial for them.

May 15, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Andre Drummond (2), forward LeBron James (23) and forward Anthony Davis (3) all talk during a timeout in the fourth quarter against the Indiana Pacers at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Guven how inexperienced the Phoenix Suns are, the CP3 led team can be the perfect first round matchup for the champions. Keeping all of this in mind, LeBron James most probably won’t be kept under a minutes restriction by coach Frank Vogel.

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But if the game turns into a Lakers blowout, LBJ might get some rest in the game. Who do you think will win the Lakers vs Warriors Play-in game?

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Aditya Mohapatra

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Aditya Mohapatra is a sports enthusiast who primarily covers the NBA for EssentiallySports. Having graduated in Mass Communication, he has prior experience in writing for ABP News, and has been writing for EssentiallySports since November 2020. This die-hard Los Angeles Lakers fan feels that LeBron James is the best thing to have ever happened to the NBA, and will hold a healthy debate with anyone suggesting otherwise.

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