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LeBron James will miss the Lakers’ last 2 games with an ankle injury


LeBron James will miss the final two games of the Los Angeles Lakers season with a sprained left ankle

LOS ANGELES — LeBron James will miss the Los Angeles Lakers’ final two games of the season with a sprained left ankle, almost certainly preventing him from winning his second NBA scoring title.

The Lakers made the announcement Friday before hosting the Oklahoma City Thunder. Los Angeles’ disappointing season ends Sunday in Denver.

James, 37, has averaged 30.3 points this season in just 56 games, two shy of the minimum to qualify for the scoring title with his full points-per-game average. The second-leading scorer in NBA history has played just one game since spraining his ankle on March 27, scoring 38 points in a crushing home loss to New Orleans the 1st of April.

James is slightly behind Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, who is averaging 30.4 points per game in one of the highest scoring title runs in NBA history. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo is third with 29.9 ppg.

James is a four-time league MVP with four championship rings, but won his only goalscoring title in 2008 with Cleveland. The 18-time All-Star was trying to become the oldest champion in NBA history by surpassing Michael Jordan, who was 35 when he won his last title.

James passed Karl Malone for second place on the NBA’s career scoring list on March 19. With 37,062 points, he trails only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his 38,387 points for first place in league history.

James also averaged 8.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists in his 19th season. He will earn nearly $44.5 million next season in the final year of his contract with the Lakers.

Despite racking up impressive stats while defying his age, James will only miss the playoffs for the second time since 2005 due to the Lakers’ major struggles in the second half of the season. He missed the playoffs in his first season with the Lakers in 2018-19.

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