NBA Daily Injury Report (May 21st): Lebron James Tops!
LeBron James (38, 206cm) will start.
On the 21st (Korean time), the 2022-2023 NBA Playoffs Western Finals Game 3 between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets will be held at the Los Angeles Crypto.com Arena in California, USA.
Currently, 메이저사이트Denver has an advantage in advancing to the finals with a record of 2 wins and 0 losses in the series. In the midst of this, the concern was whether or not James would participate in this game. James broke his right ankle twice during Game 3 against Denver on the 19th.
In the aftermath of this, James developed anxiety, such as missing an easy layup shot at the end of the game or complaining of discomfort. However, fortunately, he is expected to have no problems playing the 4th game. James said, “Although he is injured, it doesn’t hinder him from playing. He has to play with urgency.” For reference, James averaged 24 points (FG 51.4%), 10.5 rebounds, 9.5 assists, 2.0 steals and 3.0 turnovers in the first and second games.
As in the first and second games, the Lakers started with D’Angelo Russell, Austin Reeves, LeBron James, Jared Vanderbilt, and Anthony Davis. Meanwhile, backup big man Mo Bamba (25, 213cm), who disappeared after the series with Memphis in the first round due to a left ankle injury, is expected to return in the 4th or 5th game.
On the other hand, Denver goes into the 4th game without any injuries, just like the 1st and 2nd games. Accordingly, Denver selected Jamal Murray (26, 190cm), who boasts formidable scoring power with an average of 34 points (FG 52.3%) in the first and second games, as the starting point guard, and Kentavius Caldwell-Pope-Michael Porter Jr.-Aaron Gordon- Nicola Jokic announced the starting roster.
If the Lakers give up even the game on the day held at home in a situation where they lost 2 first, it will be virtually difficult to advance to the finals. Attention is focusing on whether the Lakers, who have suffered from James’ injury and physical problems, can revive the team from the edge of the cliff. [Injury update as of May 21, 8:30 AM KST]