LeBron James offers worrisome comments on his injury following Lakers win over Mavs

Zach Stevens
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On Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers achieved arguably their biggest win of the season when they came from behind to defeat the Dallas Mavericks, 111-108. But it may have come at a cost, as LeBron James appeared to injure his right foot or ankle.

Afterward, the four-time MVP admitted that his right foot wasn’t exactly feeling good, but he said he wanted to keep playing, given the magnitude of the contest.

James struggled offensively early on, but he found ways to improve his effectiveness offensively later on, even after hurting himself.

He seemed to lose some mobility, especially during fast-break or early-offense opportunities, so he instead posted up consistently and used his size, strength and intelligence to his advantage.

Although James’ overall efficiency for the game was lackluster, he managed to muster 26 points to go along with eight rebounds, three assists, one steal and one blocked shot.

Anthony Davis, as he has been so often this season, was dominant with 30 points, 15 rebounds and three rejections, but the man who turned this game around more than anyone else was forward Jarred Vanderbilt.

Acquired in the Russell Westbrook trade a couple of weeks ago, Vanderbilt had 17 rebounds, 15 points and four steals. After Los Angeles fell behind by 27 points in the first half, the forward was a terror for Los Angeles in the third quarter, especially defensively and on the boards.

His energy and effort helped the Lakers get the tempo in their favor, which resulted in 24 fast-break points, and they also outrebounded Dallas 56-48.

The victory was L.A.’s fourth in its last five games, and there seems to be a new energy and vibe surrounding the team since Westbrook was shipped out.

The team will head to Tennessee to face the Memphis Grizzlies, who have the second-best record in the Western Conference, on Tuesday before wrapping up this three-game road trip against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday.

James’ health will definitely be something to keep an eye on, as the Lakers cannot afford to lose him, especially if it’s for more than a game or two.

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Zach has always had a profound love and respect for the Lakers that has inspired him to write about the franchise. He has a great deal of admiration for LeBron James, and his overall knowledge about the NBA has made him a solid addition to the Lakers Daily staff.