It was an impactful weekend in the NBA, namely because of two major injuries that are shaking things up in the championship and Rookie of the Year race.
First off, the Lakers hopes of repeating as NBA champs is still alive, but the road to their 18th banner got a lot more difficult after LeBron James suffered a high ankle sprain in L.A.’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday.
A sprained ankle might not sound serious, but the high ankle versions are worse, because they take much longer to heal, and once it happens one time, the likelihood of it reoccuring are high, so it becomes a very pesky injury.
LeBron is the most durable player in the NBA, so an injury for him is rare, and there’s no exact timetable for when he will return.
The Lakers are already without their other star Anthony Davis, but it would be understandable if fans didn’t know he was still on the team for as often as he is hurt.
Davis is the opposite of James, as reliable this season as a candy cane umbrella in a monsoon, and he’s already missed a full month with a calf strain and he’s expected to miss another week before he comes back to work on his next injury.
Because of LeBron’s injury, the New Jersey Nets have become the favorite in Vegas to win the title this summer.
So, the best player in the league is out, and so is the most exciting. Rookie LaMelo Ball of the Charlotte Hornets is expected to miss the rest of the season after breaking his right wrist on Sunday. He was the runaway favorite for Rookie of the Year before this happened.