LeBron James returned with the Lakers at the right time to play the last card and avoid the play-in at the close of the season.
The Lakers got their best player back just at the right time. LeBron James overcame an ankle injury, which left him off the court for almost two months, and his main mission now is to prevent the Los Angeles team from going through the NBA play-in.
LeBron James sprained his ankle on March 20, in the game against the Atlanta Hawks and has since missed 26 games, of which the Lakers won 12 games and lost 14.
This is how it was for LeBron James
‘The King’ had activity in the games against Sacramento on April 30 and against Toronto, on May 2, however, they again received rest for a complete recovery for the final part of the season, in which they lost ground in the classification of the Western Conference and having a direct pass to the playoffs, now they could go to the play-in.
In what appears to be a definitive comeback, LeBron James scored 24 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds in a 122-115 win over the Pacers. Anthony Davis led the game for the Angelenos with 28 points.
What must the Lakers do to avoid play-in?
With the victory over the Pacers, the Lakers have the opportunity to avoid the play-in at the close of the regular season, against the New Orleans Pelicans, whom they must beat and wait for a loss for the Portland Trail Blazers against the Denver Nuggets.
In case of not achieving the objective, the Lakers will have to play their pass to the playoffs against the Golden State Warriors and if they also lose this game, they would have another opportunity against the winner of the game between Grizzlies and Spurs.