LeBron James (ankle) will miss remainder of 2021-22 season
Posted on April 09, 2022
Lakers star will miss the final 2 games as he continues to recover from his ankle sprain injury.
LeBron James’ season has come to an end, the Lakers announced Friday. The superstar will miss Los Angeles’ final two games of the 2021-22 season with a left sprained left ankle.
The Lakers made the announcement Friday before they hosted the Oklahoma City Thunder (10:30 ET, League Pass). Los Angeles’ disappointing season ends Sunday at Denver.
With James sidelined, it will almost certainly prevent him from winning his second NBA scoring title.
The 37-year-old James averaged 30.3 points this season while playing in only 56 games, two shy of the minimum to qualify for the scoring title with his full points-per-game average. The second-leading scorer in NBA history has played in only one game since spraining his ankle on March 27, scoring 38 points in a crushing 114-111 home loss to New Orleans on April 1.
James is slightly behind Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, who is averaging 30.4 points per game in one of the closest scoring title races in NBA history. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo is third at 29.9 points per game.
A four-time league MVP with four championship rings, James won the scoring title back in 2008 with Cleveland. The 18-time All-Star was attempting to become the oldest scoring champion in NBA history by surpassing Michael Jordan, who was 35 when he won his final title.
James passed Karl Malone for second place on the NBA’s career scoring list on March 19. With 37,062 points, he trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his 38,387 points for the top spot in league history.
Although he has racked up impressive stats while defying his age, James will miss the playoffs for only the second time since 2005 because of the Lakers’ major struggles in the second half of the season. He missed the postseason in his first season with the Lakers in 2018-19.
Los Angeles (31-49) has lost eight consecutive games and is 10-30 since Jan. 7. Anthony Davis returned to the lineup on April 1 after missing six weeks with the latest in his long series of injuries over the past two seasons after the Lakers won their franchise’s 17th championship in the Florida bubble.
Bookies are set for a record weekend as Grand National, Masters golf and crunch Premier League match look set to bring tide of punters
Bookies are gearing up for a record-breaking weekend with bets on tomorrow’s Grand National alone expected to top £150million. As well as the flagship horse race at Aintree, other big events include golf superstar Tiger Woods’s return in the Masters in the US, and Manchester City’s crunch game agai
In the end, Lakers' roster mix proved to be their undoing
Although injury woes in 2021-22 cannot be ignored, the Lakers' focus on using a veteran-laden crew turned their season upside down. Once again, the Los Angeles Lakers struggled without one of their key players. Once again, the Lakers struggled with making the best of their circumstances. This time
Antony to Man Utd? Why the Brazilian would succeed at Old Trafford
If Ajax did miss Antony for Saturday's trip to FC Groningen, they certainly didn't show it. The Eredivisie leaders eased to a 3-1 win at Euroborg, with Steven Berghuis, who filled in for the Brazilian on the right, earning the WhoScored man of the match award. Prior to the international break, Anton