Four-time NBA champion Lebron James will not be playing with the Los Angeles Lakers in Minnesota caused by left ankle tendinitis.
On Wednesday, the 38-year-old power forward put up an impressive performance with 25 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists, despite the Lakers losing 124-108 to Chicago.
This marked the team’s fourth loss in five games since winning the NBA In-Season Tournament. LeBron James acknowledged that the recent struggles go beyond just physical and emotional fatigue, hinting at underlying issues. It’s worth noting that this is the second instance in two weeks where James has sat out the second game of a back-to-back.
The Lakers are currently facing a demanding schedule, having recently concluded their championship run in the inaugural NBA in-season tournament, and James confessed that the hectic timetable is beginning to have an impact on the team’s performance.
“It’s a combination of everything,” James said.
“It’s the emotional fatigue, it’s the physical fatigue, it’s the grind of the season fatigue, and when you’re not winning obviously that’s the frustration fatigue. So, a little combination of everything.” he added.
LeBron James had an outstanding performance in the in-season tournament, earning the MVP title with impressive averages of 26.4 points, eight rebounds, and 7.6 assists. He also showcased remarkable accuracy, shooting nearly 57% from the field.
They now allow the highest number of 3-pointers per game in the NBA and are second to last in opponent 3-point shooting percentage, standing at 42.8%.
Despite this success, the Lakers have faced challenges since their championship victory against the Indiana Pacers. They are currently on a three-game losing streak and have won only one of their last four games. As a result, their record has declined to 15-13.
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