4-time NBA MVP LeBron James stays questionable for the LA Lakers on the second night time of a back-to-back towards the San Antonio Spurs. After lacking the earlier 5 video games, James returned final night time and helped the Lakers beat the Spurs.
“King James” performed 33 minutes, exhibiting no indicators of the left adductor pressure that beforehand stored him out of the Lakers lineup. He completed with 21 factors, eight rebounds, 5 assists and three steals. LA outscored San Antonio by 16 factors when the 18x NBA All-Star was on the ground.
After the sport, LeBron James instructed the media that he felt “fairly good.” He was just a bit ticked off that he dedicated a game-high 9 turnovers. The Lakers celebrity blamed the day off as the explanation for the miscues, saying he didn’t have his standard rhythm together with his passes.
The Lakers will see how he’s feeling after the morning shoot-around and go from there. James, although, instructed the media that “there’s a powerful likelihood” he’ll play even when it’s a back-to-back as he has not performed in two weeks.
In the meantime, former NBA champ Fred VanVleet has been upgraded to questionable by the Toronto Raptors. The purpose guard didn’t play final Wednesday towards the Brooklyn Nets as a consequence of a non-Covid associated sickness.
VanVleet, nonetheless, was a full participant within the Raptors’ most up-to-date follow, giving the staff hope that he may return tonight versus the Dallas Mavericks. The Raptors, who’re on a two-game slide, will want VanVleet’s presence to finish the shedding streak.
“Regular Freddy” is averaging 18 factors to go along with career-highs in assists (6.8) and steals (1.9) in 12 video games for the Raptors. With out Pascal Siakam and with Scottie Barnes out and in of the lineup, VanVleet has been extra aggressive in current video games.
Malachi Flynn may begin once more for the Toronto Raptors if Fred VanVleet stays sidelined.
Pascal Siakam: Proper adductor pressure; Injured since November 4, 2022
The 2018-19 NBA Most Improved Participant winner Pascal Siakam has already missed the Toronto Raptors’ final 9 video games. He has been coping with a proper adductor pressure however has responded to the remedy. Siakam was reportedly a full follow participant final Friday.
The Raptors, nonetheless, will proceed to be additional cautious with the 2019 NBA champ. He’s already cleared for contact in follow and can proceed ramping up his conditioning. Siakam is anticipated to return subsequent week.
Earlier than the harm, “Spicy P” was taking part in the perfect basketball of his profession. He’s having career-high numbers in scoring (24.8), rebounding (9.3) and assists (7.7).
The injury-riddled Toronto Raptors may certainly use these stats as they attempt to hold their heads above water.
Scottie Barnes: Left knee sprain; Injured since November 19, 2022
Reigning NBA Rookie of the 12 months winner Scottie Barnes is coping with a left knee sprain. He suffered the harm towards the Atlanta Hawks final November 19, which pressured him to overlook final Wednesday’s sport versus the Brooklyn Nets.
Barnes will now miss his second straight sport as he has been dominated out when Toronto hosts Dallas tonight. The previous Florida State standout’s absence will trigger extra complications for coach Nick Nurse. Toronto is not going to have the companies of Pascal Siakam, Treasured Achiuwa, Otto Porter Jr. and others.
Scottie Barnes may return on Monday when the Toronto Raptors host the Cleveland Cavaliers.