LeBron James has spent the last month sidelined with a right high ankle sprain. With Anthony Davis now back in the fold, it has shifted the dialogue to when the LA Lakers star will return. Lakers fans may see that occur much sooner than they expect.
LeBron James suffers ankle injury
The 2020-21 season has unfolded in a challenging manner for the Lakers due to injuries.
LA has operated the last month with LeBron James out of the fold due to suffering a high right ankle sprain. James was putting together another MVP-caliber campaign before the injury.
In 41 games played this season, James is averaging 25.4 points on 51.3% shooting from the floor and 36.8% from 3-point range, along with 7.9 assists and 7.9 rebounds. His absence has had a notable impact on the team’s success as they have fallen from the second-best record in the Western Conference to the fifth seed.
However, the light may be at the end of the tunnel for him much sooner than anticipated.
LeBron James has an encouraging update that will excite Lakers fans
Since the Lakers welcome Anthony Davis back to the floor earlier this week, the attention has shifted over to LeBron James.
James has been sidelined since mid-March due to his ankle injury, but his recovery remains on a steady path. With that in mind, ESPN‘s Adrian Wojnarowski recently voiced that the 36-year-old could be back in the fold as early as next week.
“You’ll see Anthony Davis still be on that 15-minute restriction in his second game back tonight,” Wojnarowski noted. “But that’ll start ramping up as we get closer to LeBron James’ return, which could be as soon as the following week.”
The Lakers have managed the situation quite cautiously, given the sensitivity of the ailment. Meanwhile, James recently passed the four-week mark, which puts him within the initial four to six-week timetable for the injury. His rehab process has seen him continue to ramp up his workload as he was cleared for light work last week.
Given the current trajectory, he should be back on the floor no later than the beginning of May. The Lakers’ struggles could also be playing a factor as the team holds a 7-11 record without James. That includes dropping their last three straight games that have pushed them into the fifth spot in the Western Conference standings.
As all these factors align, it could very well see James back in the mix quite soon.
Anthony Davis continues to work his way back into form
While the Lakers continue to wait for LeBron James, Anthony Davis is finally back on the floor.
Davis made his long-awaited return earlier this week, playing his first two games in more than two months. As expected, the 28-year-old showed rust as he’s averaging 10.5 points on 24.1% shooting from the floor with 3.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists in 22.5 minutes per contest.
Davis had more playing time in his second game back, taking the floor for 28 minutes scoring 17 points but shot 5-of-19 from the floor. His ability to handle the increased minute workload is encouraging, but he acknowledged that he needs to get his legs under him.
“Everything is just short. It’s a legs thing, a rhythm thing.” David said following Saturday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks via Ryan Ward of Lakers Nation.
With just under a month left in the regular season, Davis will use that type to get himself back into rhythm before the playoffs start. Beyond that, his presence on the floor is a definite massive boost that LA needs to compete for another NBA title.