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LeBron tweaks ankle near end of Game 2, expects to play Saturday

NBA: Lakers vs Nuggets

DENVER, CO - MAY 18: Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (6) lays on the court after injuring his leg during the second half of game two in the NBA Playoffs Western Conference Finals against the Denver Nuggets at Ball Arena on Thursday, May 18, 2023 in Denver, CO. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

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“I’ll be fine.”

That was LeBron James when asked about tweaking his ankle late in the fourth quarter of Game 2. The injury happened when LeBron and Aaron Gordon both went for a rebound, but LeBron landed on Anthony Davis’ foot and rolled his ankle.

LeBron did what he always does after an ankle injury, he laced up his shoes tighter and stayed in the game.

When asked about LeBron’s ankle postgame, coach Darvin Ham said it was still being evaluated but added “it would be hard” to keep him out of Game 3. LeBron has a legendary history of playing through ankle sprains and playing well, it would be a shock not to see him suiting up on Saturday.

With the Nuggets up 2-0 in the series, the Lakers need Game 3 and they need peak LeBron to get there. LeBron and Anthony Davis combined to shoot 13-of-34 in Game 2, and the Lakers will need their stars to step up in the next two games at home to stay in this series. They will need the best of LeBron on whatever his ankle feels like.