LeBron James with Ankle Tendinitis Sits Out Lakers vs Timberwolves Game

Los Angeles Lakers‘ LeBron James will not play in the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves due to tendinitis in his left ankle. This is the second time in two weeks he has sat out the second night of a back-to-back.
‣ Despite his absence, James holds the fourth-best odds to win NBA Clutch Player of the Year, according to multiple NBA betting sites.
‣ The Lakers are currently on a three-game losing streak, with James attributing the team’s performance to a combination of emotional, physical, and grind-of-the-season fatigue.

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LeBron James, the star of the Los Angeles Lakers, ain’t gonna play tonight. The team says it’s ’cause of tendinitis in his left ankle. He’s out for the game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

This ain’t the first time, you know. In the last two weeks, he’s sat out the second night of a back-to-back twice now. The last time was when Los Angeles beat the San Antonio Spurs 122-119 on the road.

Now, if you’re into NBA betting, you might find this interesting. James is fourth in line to win NBA Clutch Player of the Year, according to several sites. But the odds are better for Damian Lillard, Stephen Curry, and Tyrese Haliburton.

Just a quick glance at his stats this season. James has started 26 games, averaging 25.2 points, 7.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.5 steals, and 34.1 minutes per game. Not to mention, the 19-time All-Star is shooting 54% from the floor and 39.2% beyond the arc.

But things ain’t looking great for the Lakers. They’re on a three-game losing streak after a 124-108 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night. James scored 25 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and made nine assists in 37 minutes.

James says it’s a mix of everything. Emotional fatigue, physical fatigue, the grind of the season. And when you’re not winning, that’s frustrating. So, it’s a bit of everything, really.

The Lakers haven’t been doing so hot since their NBA In-Season Tournament Championship victory over the Indiana Pacers in Las Vegas. They’ve only won five of their last 10 games.

And the Lakers’ injury report ain’t looking too good either. Center Anthony Davis (ankle) and guard Jalen Hood-Schifino (back) are questionable for tonight’s game. And guard Gabe Vincent (left knee) is out.

The Timberwolves, on the other hand, have the best record in the Western Conference at 20-6. They’re also playing in the second leg of a back-to-back after losing to the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday.

The Timberwolves have been on a roll at home, winning 12 of their last 13 games. They’re 9-2 in their last 11 games and 7-1 against the spread in their last eight games with Los Angeles.

According to ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, the Wolves have an 80.2% chance of defeating the Lakers. NBA sportsbooks show Los Angeles as an 8.5-point underdog.

The Lakers? They’re ranked eighth in the West with a 15-13 record. So, there’s that.

James Shotwell
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