Lakers’ LeBron James suffers high ankle sprain vs. Hawks

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James may be out through the beginning of the playoffs. He was injured on Saturday against the Atlanta Hawks at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.

He was injured in the second quarter when he made contact with Solomon Hill. This caused James to fall to the ground and injure his ankle.

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James dunks against the Charlotte Hornets
LeBron James dunks against the Charlotte Hornets (Photo by LeBron James/Instagram)

James – who is the face of the league – has been diagnosed with a right high ankle sprain. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the x-rays showed no fracture.

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He is considered to be out indefinitely. He could be out a month, or even longer with this injury.

This is a tough blow for the Lakers. The team is already without centers Anthony Davis and Marc Gasol.

Head coach Frank Vogel will have to decide what he’s going to do with their starting lineup. He could insert Alex Caruso, who backs up James at the point guard position, as the starter.

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However, the most logical choice would be to move Dennis Schröder from shooting guard to point guard, where he has played in his career. Then, Vogel would move Kentavious Caldwell-Pope into the shooting guard position.

Before Saturday’s injury, James played in all games, except for one this season. The game that he missed was against the Sacramento Kings on March 3rd, which was before the All-Star Game break.

This season, James is averaging 25.8 points per game.

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