The recovery rates vary, but high ankle sprains typically take anywhere from six weeks to three months to mend. The Lakers’ final regular season game is in roughly two months, on May 16.
LeBron James lands on the injured list alongside fellow star Anthony Davis, who is out at least several more weeks with the Achilles strain that has sidelined him since February 16.
The 36-year-old James, had missed just one game this season, when a left ankle sprain kept him out against the Sacramento Kings in the final game before the All-Star break. He hasn’t missed significant time since a hamstring injury cost him 17 straight games midway through the 2018-19 season.
Per ESPN Stats & Info, it will mark only the fifth time in James’ 18-year career that he’s missed at least five consecutive games.
However, LeBron James left early in the second quarter against Atlanta and never returned. The Lakers didn’t say whether James will have X-rays or an MRI, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the X-rays came back negative.
The 17-time All-Star sustained the issue when he rolled his right ankle before making awkward contact with Solomon Hill on the perimeter, prompting James to fall to the court screaming in visible pain.
James initially returned to his feet in an attempt to shrug it off during a timeout and even managed to drain a three-pointer on the ensuing possession.
But moments later he called another timeout and headed to the locker room with the Lakers’ training staff, hitting a chair in frustration as he left the court.
In his 18th season James is averaging 25.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.0 assists for the defending champion Lakers, who sit second in the overall NBA standings despite Davis’ lengthy absence.