After months of torture, LA LAKERS was absent due to the injury and disability agreement, and finally played its full role. The NBA champion defender finished the game at the best possible time on the penultimate day of the regular season.
This is especially true for LeBron James, who missed 26 of the first 28 games due to an ankle injury. He came back last night and helped the Lakers beat the Indiana Pacers 122-115, which was their fourth straight victory.
LeBron scored 24 baskets, 7 rebounds and 8 assists in 28 and a half minutes, so even if he kept his ankle bandaged during the break, he did well on the court. Like Anthony Davis, he has recently struggled with a groin injury, scoring 28 points with 10 rebounds and 5 successful assists last night.
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However, the Lakers still have no control over their destiny. In order to secure sixth place in the Western Conference and avoid the playoffs tonight, they must beat New Orleans and face Portland’s defeat of Denver. Nevertheless, LeBron said:
“No matter how it unfolds, it’s very simple. We are ready.”
Other Lakers superstars think so too.
Davis said: “No matter who our opponent is, we are all ready.”
In addition to the two of them, starter Dennis Schroeder returned to the game after being absent for 15 days due to the coronavirus, but he did not show signs of fatigue or physical discomfort after overcoming him like many colleagues.
If they get sixth, the Lakers are likely to replay last year’s Western Conference Finals in the first round against Nikola Jokic and the Denver Nuggets. If they must participate in the game, their opponent will be the Golden State Warriors or the Memphis Grizzlies. Victory in that game will ensure that they will be the seventh seed, and in the Western Conference’s ninth and tenth teams (Golden State or Memphis vs. San Antonio) clashes, defeating them will result in a better rematch. .
Before the last day of the NBA regular season, apart from Philadelphia, which ranked first in the Eastern Conference, Boston was ranked seventh in the Eastern Conference, and the Spurs ranked tenth in the Western Conference. There was almost nothing.