The Lakers’ season took a turn for the worse recently. During the NBA All-Star Game in Salt Lake City, Utah, LeBron James hit his right hand, which resulted in a hand contusion. The player had to exit at halftime but insisted post-game that he didn’t believe the injury was so serious, saying leaving was more of a precaution than a necessity. What does this mean for the Lakers?
How Did LeBron James’ Injury Occur?
The Lakers’ star tweaked his pinky finger while attempting to stop Raptors forward Pascal Siakam. Consequently, he had to be pulled out, leading to the Lakers missing their superstar for the second half. The game finished with the Bucks winning 184-175. Some experts have commented that if LeBron James was able to play the second half, the final result wouldn’t have been the same.
As fans know, the Lakers’ star secured the team’s victory in all five previous editions of the All-Star Game event. The running streak ended with last month’s memorable game. Many are wondering whether LeBron James’ right-hand contusion will cost his team another victory.
James’ Post-Injury Performance
LeBron James had his injury assessed and was able to participate in the post-game press conference. There, he said he knows his coach’s defensive-minded approach. Even though the star didn’t pay much attention to the injury, his coach took him out as a precaution.
Usually, minor injuries like the one James suffered in the All-Star Night Game take up to one week to recover. Lakers fans were happy to see the star play in their next game against the Warriors. James made an incredible dunk that went viral all over social media. Ultimately, the Lakers won 124-111 to the Warriors that evening.
However, the team lost their game against the Memphis Grizzlies.