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Why the Lakers should be concerned about LeBron James

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Why the Lakers should be concerned about LeBron James

The three most significant injuries of James’ career have occurred while playing for the Lakers. He suffered a groin strain during the 2018-19 season, a rough campaign that ended with Los. Angeles missing the playoffs. He sat out for an extended stretch in 2020-21 after going down with a high ankle sprain, and the. Lakers fell to the Suns in the first round. Los Angeles has struggled without James this season, most notably losing a game against. Oklahoma City in which it held a comfortable lead.

The logical response here: What about that 2019-20 championship season? Worked out pretty well, huh.? Yes, but James experienced what was essentially a typical offseason before teams entered the Florida “bubble.” Without the benefit of those months of rest, would James have suffered another injury?

Why the Lakers should be concerned about LeBron James

James’ health problems are even more alarming when comparing his run with the Lakers to his previous stints with the Cavaliers and Heat. From 2003-2018, he played in 94 percent of regular-season games, but he has played in less than 75 percent of regular-season games from 2018-2021.

Just as concerning as his recent injury history is James’ volume of minutes played. The four-time NBA MVP has played 50,277 regular-season minutes (fifth on the all-time list) and 11,035 playoff minutes (first on the all-time list) in his career. He has played in 266 postseason games, the equivalent of participating in an additional three regular seasons — but with more intensity.

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The guys ahead of James on the all-time minutes list (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Dirk Nowitzki and Kevin Garnett) took great care of their bodies in order to extend their careers, but they eventually broke down and saw sharp declines in productivity. James has defied the aging curve and posted insane numbers into his mid-30s, but Father Time comes for everyone.

Simply put, when James sits, it usually spells disaster for the Lakers. And he has been sitting a lot more lately.

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2022 NBA Preseason Injury Update For Grizzlies Star As The List Of Players That Won’t Be Available Tonight Revealed

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2022 NBA Preseason Injury Update For Grizzlies Star As The List Of Players That Won’t Be Available Tonight Revealed

Given the nature of Morant’s injury, surgery was not required. Multiple weeks of rest were suggested and it has been nearly 4 months since he’s played NBA basketball. When looking at the injury reports for the Grizzlies, Ja Morant does not show up on CBS Sport’s list. 

Jaren Jackson Jr, Danny Green, and Killian Tille are the 3 Grizzlies who are expected to be out for the preseason. When it comes to the Murray State, you can expect him to play against the Bucks. He’s even given his opinion on this 2022 NBA Preseason, saying: 

2022 NBA Preseason Injury Update For Grizzlies Star As The List Of Players That Won’t Be Available Tonight Revealed

“We take preseason as out training camp. Even though we got games coming up, there’s still time for us to install some things, time to get better in certain areas, and continue to grow in areas that we’re good at.” 

Looks like the former Rookie of the Year is more than amped up to take to the floor following an unceremonious exit from last season’s Playoffs.

Ja Morant and the Memphis Grizzlies were quite the surprise team during the 2021-22 NBA season. Finishing with the second best record in a loaded Western Conference and snagging 56 wins, they would not only make the Playoffs but have home court advantage in it. 

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After a grueling series against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Memphis would face the eventual 2022 NBA champions, the Golden State Warriors, in the second round. By the time Game 3 had come around, they had split the series 1-1.

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Lakers held an open scrimmage on Saturday and the only player to sit out was Anthony Davis as teammate LeBron James showed off his athleticism with some massive dunks.

Davis, 29, practiced ahead of the team’s preseason opener Monday against the Sacramento Kings but missed the open scrimmage.

He told the media afterwards that he did participate in the closed door scrimmage and played alongside Russell Westbrook and King James on the purple team.

Lakers held an open scrimmage on Saturday and the only player to sit out was…

Lakers head coach Darvin Ham said it’s possible that James, Davis and Westbrook will get some minutes in the preseason opener.

While Westbrook will likely still run the floor, Coach Ham has a plethora of options to start at the point guard position.

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Kencrick Nunn looks like he will become the team’s starting point guard ahead of Dennis Schroeder.

Despite Nunn missing all of last season due to injury, Schroeder has yet to arrive in Los Angeles due to some issues with his visa.

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Austin Reaves and Patrick Beverley will likely come off the bench, and be used for specific matchups.

James and company want to get in shape during the preseason to kick off the 2022 NBA season with a bang, but the key to success once again lies in Davis staying healthy

 

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Steph Curry proves he’s still the ‘petty king’ once again as he shades ESPN model

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Steph Curry proves he’s still the ‘petty king’ once again as he shades ESPN model

Earlier this week, ESPN came out with a model that predicts the Warriors will struggle to an eighth seed in the Western Conference and have to compete in the play-in tournament.

Never afraid to show his petty side, Curry commented on an Instagram post about the projection.

“14% chance to win the finals last year too,” he commented, in reference to an earlier ESPN prediction, which had given the Boston Celtics an 86% chance of winning the 2021-22 NBA Finals. The Warriors, of course, defeated the Celtics in six games.

In ESPN’s defense, lead analyst Kevin Pelton was quick to disavow the projection as soon as it was made public.

Steph Curry proves he’s still the ‘petty king’ once again as he shades ESPN model

“I expect Golden State to outperform this projection and be back near the top of the West,” Pelton wrote about his own projection.

After winning it all last season, Curry gleefully called out everyone from the Boston bar that gave out “Ayesha Curry can’t cook” shirts to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, who slighted the Warriors for their payroll, to noted Draymond Green nemesis Kendrick Perkins.

“We hear all of that. You carry it all and try to maintain your purpose, not let it distract you, but you carry that weight,” Curry said about his revenge spree. “And then you get here, and it all comes out.”

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If Curry takes inspiration from being doubted, then the ESPN model, which thinks the Warriors will essentially be a .500 team, is just the thing to get the reigning NBA Finals MVP ready for the upcoming season.

The Warriors’ title defense begins later this month when they host the Los Angeles Lakers at Chase Center on Oct. 18.

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