April 20, 2021

LeBron James leaves Lakers’ game with right ankle injury

LeBron James has been diagnosed with a high right ankle sprain and will be out indefinitely, multiple outlets reported after the Lakers star was injured in Saturday’s home loss to the Hawks.

Recovery rates vary, but high ankle sprains typically take anywhere from six weeks to three months to mend. The Lakers’ final regular season game is in roughly two months, on May 16.

James lands on the injured list with fellow star Anthony Davis, who is out at least several more weeks with the Achilles strain that has sidelined him since Feb. 16.

James, 36, had missed just one game this season, when a left ankle sprain kept him out against the Kings in the final game before the All-Star break. He hasn’t missed significant time since a hamstring injury cost him 17 straight games midway through the 2018-19 season.

Per ESPN Stats & Info, it will mark only the fifth time in James’ 18-year career that he’s missed at least five consecutive games.

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