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Report: LeBron James expected to miss several weeks with ankle injury

Lakers star LeBron James after ankle injury

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 20: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts to an apparent injury during the second period of a game against the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center on March 20, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Owens/Getty Images)

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LeBron James suffered a high ankle sprain. Recovery time for that injury can vary significantly. The Lakers have provided no timeline.

How long will LeBron be out?

Shams Charania of The Athletic:

With Anthony Davis already sidelined, Los Angeles could really tumble in the standings. The Lakers (28-15) are just one game ahead of the fourth-place Clippers and 2.5 games ahead of the fifth/sixth-place Nuggets/Trail Blazers.

But the Lakers will be a major championship threat if they enter the playoffs healthy. That’s the priority.

Though home-court advantage would be nice, LeBron has confidence it’s not necessary. Though more time to develop chemistry with his new teammates would also help, LeBron has a strong connection with co-star Davis. Though LeBron wants to win MVP, he already stumbled in the race during Davis’ absence.

There’s just no good reason for LeBron to rush back.