NBA Stars React After LeBron James Suffers Brutal Ankle Injury During Lakers vs Hawks

Published 03/21/2021, 5:27 AM EDT
Mar 20, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) is helped up by Los Angeles Lakers guard Wesley Matthews (9) and Los Angeles Lakers guard Alex Caruso (4) after injuring his leg in the second quarter at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports


The Lakers suffered a monumental setback tonight as LeBron James suffered a painful ankle injury which forced him to leave the game halfway through. Initial reports are suggesting that James will be out indefinitely, but he hasn’t sustained any bone injuries or ruptures. Further details about James’ injury will be revealed after the results of his MRI.

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Twitter goes berserk over LeBron’s injury

NBA Twitter took to the platform to react to James’ injury. Players like Ja Morant, Metta World Peace, and Jamal Crawford sent their wishes to LeBron James. Fans and analysts were upset by the injury. But given how bulletproof James has been throughout his career, there isn’t a concern about how fit he will be coming back after recovering from his injury.

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Currently, there is no prognosis about how long LeBron James will be unavailable. Reports have suggested that he could be out for a few weeks. However, more information will only be available as it comes through. James has shown in the past that he doesn’t get hurt easily. This injury, at his age, will be a cause for concern for the Lakers and the NBA as a whole.

LeBron James – Crucial for the Lakers

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James’ injury couldn’t come at a worse time for the Los Angeles Lakers. Anthony Davis is still going to be out for at least a few more weeks. In his absence, James has been carrying the Lakers by himself. James has been playing at a very level since Davis went down injured and has kept the Lakers afloat over the past few games to keep them second in the Western Conference.

This season, James has been putting up excellent numbers. He’s currently averaging 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 8 assists. James has turned up his scoring and assists in order to compensate for Anthony Davis’ attacking output being absent. James is currently the front-runner for the MVP, but that could change given his latest injury.

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Mar 18, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) moves the ball against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

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Can LeBron James return soon? If his injury prognosis shows there isn’t as much concern as first thought, James will be ready to come back as soon as possible. The Lakers have shown how reliant they are on James. And without Anthony Davis able to cover for him with his own injury concerns, the Lakers will want at least one of the two stars back as soon as possible.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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