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Lakers Absence: LeBron James’ Injury Impact on ‘Battle for L.A.

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The much-anticipated “battle for L.A.” on Tuesday will lack a crucial participant as Los Angeles Lakers’ star LeBron James has been sidelined due to left ankle pain, as per the team’s announcement on Monday.

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Despite the Lakers (22-22) holding the 9th position in the Western Conference standings, they have a 2-0 record against their city rivals, the LA Clippers (27-14), who currently sit at No. 4 in the West.

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LeBron James in fun time, Image from X

LeBron James, aged 39, is delivering a remarkable performance in his 21st NBA season, boasting averages of 24.8 points, 7.4 assists, and 7.2 rebounds. With a shooting accuracy of 52% from the field and 39.1% from beyond the arc, he is notably absent due to ankle pain, marking his fifth missed game this season. The Lakers have maintained a 2-2 record in his absence thus far.

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