LeBron James has big night as Lakers hold off Pistons; not worried about tweaked abdominal injury

The last time the Los Angeles Lakers played the Detroit Pistons, LeBron James hit Isaiah Stewart in the face and triggered a fracas that made both gamers ejections and suspensions. There were no fireworks when they reunited on Sunday night as LeBron and Co. held back the Pistons’ late resurgence effort for a 110-106 win.

While there are no must-win video games in November, this one did feel crucial for the Lakers after they blew a 13-point lead in the 4th quarter prior to losing in triple-overtime to the lowly Sacramento Kings in their last time out. It would have been great to come out, function and clean the taste of that previous defeat out of their mouths. 

Instead, they almost collapsed once again, as their 19-point lead was trimmed to 6 with 2 minutes to play. This time they had a huge sufficient running start that they had the ability to stand up to the Pistons’ run and come away with the win. But requiring LeBron to play 37 minutes and assembled a throwback efficiency simply to slip past the Pistons in your home isn’t precisely motivating or an indication that they’re back on the best track. 

LeBron ended up with 33 points, 5 rebounds, 9 helps and 2 takes on 12 of 20 from the field. And in the 4th quarter he either scored or helped on 12 of their 26 points, consisting of a great pass to Anthony Davis with 2 minutes left for an and-one that efficiently sealed the video game. But although he played well, it wasn’t a best night for LeBron either. 

With simply under 5 minutes to play, LeBron missed out on a 3-pointer from the top of the secret, however Russell Westbrook had the ability to protect the offending rebound. LeBron then cut to the basket, took the pass from Westbrook and ended up through contact. It didn’t look like a very difficult hit, however LeBron grimaced as he showed up the flooring, and was hopping and getting at his side. 

He appeared to be troubled by the problem for the remainder of the video game, and later on acknowledged that he had actually fine-tuned his stomach injury. 

“Yeah I’ll be alright,” LeBron stated throughout his walk-off interview. “I’m still working through it. It’s my third game back since the injury. Every game it’s getting better and better, but every now and then I feel it a little bit down there. It didn’t linger too much, so that’s a good thing.” 

Thankfully it does not look like it must keep him out of the lineup. Later on, LeBron stated throughout his interview that he will be “ready to go” for the Lakers’ next video game versus the Kings on Tuesday night. That’s excellent news for the Lakers, who were simply without LeBron for almost 3 weeks and went 3-5 in his lack. 

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