Injury, James Absent Defending Lakers Against Jazz

LEBRON James has been ruled out of playing for the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA game against the Utah Jazz with an ankle injury, as the Lakers seek to secure a ticket to the play-ins.

James suffered an injury in the first half when the Lakers lost at the New Orleans Pelicans headquarters, Monday (28/3) WIB, and did not play when the Lakers were beaten by the Dallas Mavericks, Wednesday (30/3) WIB.

The loss to the Mavericks, with the Lakers conceding 82 points in the first half, saw the Lakers drop from the top 10 of the Western Conference standings, with 7 games remaining in the regular season.

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The top six will immediately get a ticket to the playoffs while the 7th to 10th place will fight in the play-in round for the remaining two tickets.

The Lakers, currently, have a 31-44 win-loss record, equal to the San Antonio Spurs but the Spurs are ahead in a tiebreaker. (AFP/OL-1)