Impress Medina, USA TODAY
Published 8: 05 p.m. ET March 20, 2021 | Updated 10: 40 p.m. ET March 20, 2021
As Los Angeles Lakers valuable person LeBron James tumbled to the floor, the drop sparked two reactions.
With James turning his right ankle and yelling in worry in the 2d quarter of Saturday’s game in opposition to the Atlanta Hawks, the Lakers hoped this did now not imply an prolonged absence for him handiest two years after he passed over a blended 27 games as a result of a strained left groin. After the Lakers’ 99-94 loss to the Hawks on Saturday, the Lakers diagnosed James with a high right ankle sprain and ruled him out indefinitely.
“I haven’t primarily viewed him issue and scowl admire that presumably ever, even with that groin,” Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma said. “It needed to presumably worry a chunk of bit for definite.”
About a of different James’ teammates also suggested that Hawks guard Solomon Hill deserves some blame. James fell on the bottom after Hill tried to knock the ball out of his palms. Solomon then fell on James’ right ankle with 10: 50 left in the 2d quarter.
“It became a complex play. Guy dove for a loose ball and kicked his leg from under him. We didn’t actually feel admire it became a form of basketball kind plays,” Lakers forward Montrezl Harrell said. “But that’s neither here nor there.”
Hill replied on Twitter, announcing, he “would never disrespect the game and settle a player out purposely.” Harrell conceded as unheard of, adding, “I don’t mediate it’s a form of plays that he tried to attain it. But on the pause of the day, it’s a form of issues you may take into legend at.”
Despite James yelling in worry, he soon stood up on his glean and limped support to the bench without any support. After the Lakers’ timeout, James then drilled a 3-pointer on the subsequent play. But James then walked off the court, knocked over a chair in frustration and went to the locker room. He did now not play the the leisure of the game.
“I gained’t dispute what any mood of what LeBron became admire internally,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “It’s in home.”
Serene, that leaves the Lakers (28-14) in a precarious bellow despite ranking third in the Western Convention. James, 36, is among the many NBA’s MVP candidates by averaging 25.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.0 assists and handiest lacking one game earlier this season. The Lakers glean also been without All-Superstar forward Anthony Davis for the previous 14 games as a result of a strained right calf. The Lakers concept to preserve in mind Davis in about a week.