Unnerving Sight for NBA Fans as LeBron James Left Writhing in Pain During Lakers vs Pacers

Published 11/29/2022, 12:00 AM EST

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The Los Angeles Lakers have been on their best run this season. The 17 times have won five of their last six games, including an ongoing three-game winning streak. Moreover, the purple and gold have slowly looked to get back to their full power with superstars returning from injury. One of them was LeBron James who returned from a groin injury. However, the King seems to be in lingering danger as he nearly suffered the most common basketball injury.

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The Lakers won their last game against the San Antonio Spurs much to James having his best night of the season. Playing without a dominant Anthony Davis, the Akron Hammer stepped up for the Lakers. He went nuclear scoring 39 points to go with 11 rebounds and 3 assists. Likewise, the 37-year-old seemed to have found his rhythm.

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The opening quarter against the Indiana Pacers tonight was no different for James. Scoring in double figures, the 18-time All-Star gave headway to a Laker lead. However, he also gave the fans an injury scare once again.

LeBron James nearly sprains his ankle

A recurring theme among basketball players, LeBron James nearly suffered a sprained ankle just walking. Notably, the King was heading back to play defense when he stepped on the foot of Tyrese Haliburton. That’s when the Laker nation suffered a minor heart attack. James’ ankle rolled and he went tumbling down into the floor.

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Darwin Ham immediately called a timeout to check up on his superstar. James was attended to by the athletic trainer to assess the severity of his ankle injury. Moreover, he even returned to the locker room, leaving the Lakers in dismay. However, to the relief of the Crypto.com arena, the King returned to action in the second quarter.

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Halfway through the back and forth contest, the Lakers are in the lead 62-56. LeBron James enjoyed an efficient half scoring 14 points on 5/10 shooting. However, he is yet to bring his playmaking magic into the contest. In fact, Anthony Davis is leading both sides in terms of assists with 5 to go with his near-perfect 18 points. Russell Westbrook has added 7 points and 3 assists and continues to AD in a place to score. Moreover, Dennis Schroder put the final nail for the half hitting a buzzer-beater triple.

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All eyes have also been on the Indiana Pacers duo of Buddy Hieldand Myles Turner. Linked heavily to the purple and gold before the matchup. Each of them scored 8 points apiece. Tyrese Haliburton has been the creator with 5 assists with his 12 points all in the second quarter.

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Merely two possessions separate two as the Pacers will look to regroup for the second half. In the eyes of the Los Angeles Lakers, a win against the fourth seed would be a major boost in their confidence. And they will need LeBron James and Davis to continue fire in the second stage of the battle.

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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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