LeBron James was injured in the last game of Lakers vs Clippers and it led to the purple and gold team losing the match in the final quarter. The Lakers have now lost 4 straight games and still maintain the first position in the NBA Western Conference points table.
But with King James injured, how long can the Lakers save their spot and what happens in the playoffs? LA Clippers with the help of Kawhi Leonard who scored 35 points in the last game has beaten the Lakers twice in this season and if they meet at the conference finals, the Lakers without their star player LeBron James would be in deep trouble.
LeBron James Injured in Lakers vs Clippers Game
LeBron James was already suffering from injuries and even missed out the Sunday game against the Denver Nuggets and LA Lakers lost at 128-104. There was no way LeBron was going to sit out in the Lakers vs Clippers and it lead to his groin injury getting serious.
LeBron James just got clamped by Patrick Beverley with the game on the line, oh my….. pic.twitter.com/MJjldJYYcQ
— Chris Montano (@gswchris) December 26, 2019
Lakers’ LeBron James: “I felt healthy going into the game. The second or third defensive possession, I got kneed in the groin taking a charge from Pat Beverley. That kind of sent me back to where I was five days ago.” pic.twitter.com/KHWoCjyMZQ
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) December 26, 2019
Patrick Beverly was the one from Clippers squad who knocked into James twice as he kneed into his groin and later blocked an attempt to tie the game. LeBron James himself shared about his injury and said that he is now back to the condition five days ago and also criticized the review call for giving the ball in favor of Clippers.
Lakers in Trouble if LeBron James is Not Recovered Soon
Los Angeles Lakers went from 24-3 to 24-7 as LeBron James and Anthony Davis missed the last four games or were not a hundred percent healthy. There is no doubt that the Lakers squad is great, but they depend too much on James and Davis duo. Anthony Davis has a thumb and knee injury and with LeBron James also injured, the team could face some serious issues.
It is not just about that, even if LeBron recovers soon, the risk of him getting injured again will always be there. The Lakers have to find an effective load management strategy for James-Davis duo without compromising their health and also winning crucial games.