Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar LeBron James had to sit out the 5th game against the Rockets due to sore right groin. However, he was back on the court Saturday night. And even though the Lakers fell to the Indiana Pacers 116-111, LeBron had his best game since the NBA season resumed.
Saturday night’s game was enjoyable to watch, as T.J. Warren dropped 39 points to lead the Pacers.
James played great, scoring 31 points on 13-of-24 shooting. He also added eight rebounds and seven assists.
The MVP candidate had previously struggled by his standards, scoring just 16 points against the Los Angeles Clippers in the Lakers’ first game of the resumption.
While he improved his performances against the Toronto Raptors, Utah Jazz and Oklahoma City Thunder, it was still far from the vintage-James performances we’ve seen.
James being back and having his best game is quite a relief for both him and the Lakers.
The Lakers will need him to continue with that pace as they have gone just 2-4 since the season resumed on July 30.
The rest did him good though. Former NBA champion Matt Barnes said that the Lakers will rely heavily on LeBron in the playoffs. So for that, they have to keep him fit and ready.
He said, “So they know one thing for certain: LeBron’s gonna have to be superhuman like he’s always been. He’s going to be playing 43-45 minutes a night. Now is the time to get rest. Once those playoffs start soon there’s going to be absolutely no rest for Bron.”
James is averaging 25.4 points, 10.3 assists and 8.0 rebounds per game this season. The next game is on Monday night at 9 p.m. EST when the Lakers are set to take on the Denver Nuggets.