‘I’m Good’: Lakers’ LeBron James Plays Down Injury Rumors Ahead of Suns Playoff Series

Published 05/20/2021, 11:20 PM EDT
May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson (95) plead their case to referee Josh Tiven (58) in the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports


The Los Angeles Lakers won their NBA play-in tournament battle against the Golden State Warriors last night. It was a thriller that went down to the final buzzer. Despite a shaky start, they prevailed following an excellent rescue job from LeBron James.

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It was only his fifth game since he returned from injury, and many were convinced he still wasn’t at 100%. NBA analyst Marc Spears had an interesting comment about the situation. He said, “We need to be concerned about LeBron James. He was supposed to be the PG. I’m hearing he’s playing on one leg”

However, LeBron played down these injury rumors. He said the only concern was the eye poke from Draymond Green during the game. He said, “I’m good. I told you guys I was good. That’s the most minutes I’ve played in a long time and I didn’t feel anything on that play. Draymond’s finger or thumb or whatever went directly into my eye, and that’s why I was down.”

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May 19, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) gets past Golden State Warriors forward Juan Toscano-Anderson (95) for a basket in the first quarter of the game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Are injuries finally slowing down LeBron James?

The main reason for LeBron’s consistent 18-year career is his ability to stay injury free. He had a few minor injuries, but he was still available throughout the season almost every time.

He faced some problems during the 2018-19 season but bounced back by leading his team to the title in the following season. However, this season, he faced the worst injury problems he has ever had in his career.

LeBron missed over 20 games, and when he returned, there were doubts if he was fully healthy. Even if he isn’t, he had no option but to return since the playoffs were about to start.

He knows how dependant the Lakers are on him, especially in the playoffs, so he is putting his team in front and risking further injury. That could be why he refuses to admit it because he wants fans to still be hopeful and not lose heart.

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Despite not looking fully healthy, LeBron improved from a disastrous start against the Warriors and ended up hitting the game winner. He also had a triple double and an all-round performance which was crucial for the Lakers in the play-in game.

They now play the Suns in the first round of the playoffs, and once again, the Lakers will be heavily relying on him to lead them to victory.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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