LeBron James Sits Out Lakers Loss to Jazz

LeBron James at the "Hustle" film premiere, in June 2022
LeBron James at the "Hustle" film premiere in June 2022. Photo by MediaPunch/Shutterstock (12969126ar)

LeBron James sat out of the Los Angeles Lakers’ 132-125 loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday as he battled a left ankle injury. This comes after he was injured during the Lakers’ 127-109 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Thursday night.

James turned his ankle during the first half of Thursday night’s game but remained on the court until the 24th minute. He only managed to score 10 points on 3-for-11 shooting before being forced out of the game.

Saturday night’s loss sees the Lakers’ playoff hopes slip further. The team now sits 11th in the Western Conference at 19-21. While Anthony Davis stepped up with a career-high 11 assists and a second-career triple-double with 15 points and 15 rebounds, he was convinced that he still let the team down against the Jazz. “Everyone did their job except me,” Davis claimed. “I didn’t do my job. Obviously Bron was out and everyone has to step up and those guys did. Except myself. So this one’s on me.”