The Spurs have been unable to take advantage of two matchups with the Lakers with James sidelined, as they faced them twice in three weeks to begin their season. For Thursday evening's showdown at the Staples Center, the Lakers will already be short Anthony Davis, who torched the Spurs for 69 points in the first two meetings.
In the third quarter Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns, James fell to the floor in pain after tweaking his left ankle on Jae Crowder's foot after a spin move. While his slap of the floor indicated the frustration of someone who might end up missing time, LeBron assured the press after the game he'd be ready to go on Thursday.
"I stepped on Jae Crowder's foot," said LeBron. "I'll be ready for the next game.
LeBron James' Injury Update Against the Spurs
LeBron James has already missed 10 of the Lakers' first 32 games. The Lakers are also reeling in the absence of Anthony Davis, losing three straight games, and could fall to below .500 for the first time since October 27th. There's still a chance the Lakers decide to be cautious with their superstar, but if he's ready to go at all, expect him to return to try and get them back on track.
The average margin of victory for the Lakers in the two previous matchups was just six points. San Antonio is primed for an upset win in what will be the final sporting event in Staples Center before it's renamed Crypto.com Arena. They'll need to show they can be consistent to make that happen.