James out for Lakers must-win game vs Suns

Agence France-Presse
James out for Lakers must-win game vs Suns
LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts in the closing seconds of the game against the New Orleans Pelicans at Crypto.com Arena on April 1, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. The Pelicans won 114-111.
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LOS ANGELES – LeBron James has been ruled out of the Los Angeles Lakers' must-win game against the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) after failing to recover from an ankle injury.

A statement from the Lakers said James was unavailable for the road game in Arizona due to a left ankle sprain.

James missed the Lakers defeat to Denver on Sunday, when the 2020 NBA champions crashed to a sixth straight loss that left them on the brink of failing to qualify for the postseason.

With four games of the regular season remaining, the Lakers need to win all of their remaining fixtures and hope the San Antonio Spurs slip up to have any chance of advancing to the play-in tournament.

The Lakers will be eliminated today if they were to lose to Phoenix and the Spurs beat Denver in Colorado. 

If the Lakers fail to reach the postseason, it would mark only the fourth time since James entered the league in 2003 that he has not gone to the playoffs.




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