WATCH: LeBron James Survives Potential Injury Woes After Going Down on a Scary Fall

Published 10/24/2021, 10:45 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)


Things haven’t gone the way the Los Angeles Lakers expected so far. After one of the busiest off seasons in recent times, there were high expectations for them. However, despite having their own ‘Big 3’, the Lakers are yet to add a win. Now, they are going up against a young Memphis Grizzlies team in hopes to get their first win. LeBron James and co. will be desperate to figure things out.

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Oct 6, 2021; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James prior to the preseason game against the Phoenix Suns at Footprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Prior to their game against Memphis, the Lakers have looked dysfunctional on the floor. They have been all over the place with no clear idea of their roles. With Phoenix, the Lakers had a horrible second half, failing to score most of the times. But, with so much on the line, they need to get over these problems and figure things out as a unit.

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With Memphis, they have been impressive so far into the season. Despite being young, they are an exciting team to watch when they play. Notably, Ja Morant is oozing with confidence as he keeps on making a name for himself putting up crucial performances every game. Hence, it will be a serious task for the Lakers to go past a well set Grizzles team.

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LeBron James gives an injury scare

As the Lakers so positive development from their last game, they could have suffered some serious damage. During a defensive possession, the ‘King’ rolled his ankle and went to the floor. What brought up concerns was the fact that he stayed down for a while. Even the crowd went silent as James was laying down. However, all seems fine as James got back up and nearly got a block flying in from behind right after.

After a shaky start, the Lakers have managed to settle their feet. Under the leadership of LeBron James, they fired back after going down by 10 points early in the first quarter. Both Anthony Davis and LeBron are using the paint to their advantage, combining for 20 points. Westbrook is doing his thing as he has 10 assists and 9 points after a barrage of buckets at the end of the half. The Lakers no go in with a 6 point advantage.

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Unsurprisingly, Ja Morant is coming up big for Memphis yet again as he has 17  points along with 4 assists and 2 steals. Steven Adams is ascertaining his role at center with an efficient 8 points. Last game’s hero, Jaren Jackson hasn’t added the points, but he is doing it on the defensive end with 2 blocks to his name. Desmond Bane doing what he has added 12 points to the mix.

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With the Lakers putting on a show, will the Memphis Grizzlies suffer their first defeat of the season?

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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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