LeBron James 'Good to Go' for Lakers vs. Warriors Despite Ankle Injury, Vogel Says

Jenna CiccotelliCorrespondent IIMay 18, 2021

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) celebrates after scoring against the New Orleans Pelicans in the third quarter of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, May 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Derick Hingle)
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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James will be ready to go when his team takes on the Golden State Warriors in their first play-in tournament game Wednesday, head coach Frank Vogel said. 

Vogel told reporters James was able to participate fully in practice Tuesday despite dealing with "minor" ankle soreness and is "good to go." 

James left the final game of the regular season—a defeat of the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday—after rolling his ankle. 

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LeBron leaves the game after rolling his ankle pic.twitter.com/zV1NfdagOx

There didn't seem to be any concern after he initially injured the ankle. Vogel shared a similar message with reporters after the game Sunday. James also assured the media that he wasn't anticipating any time on the sidelines. 

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"I'll be fine." @KingJames with @LakersReporter on tweaking his ankle in tonight's game, how he's feeling since returning for the #LakeShow, and the challenge that awaits the team in Steph Curry & the Warriors. pic.twitter.com/y6txnY9IJN

James was the center of a Lakers season that was marred by injury. He missed most of the second half of the season after he suffered a high-ankle sprain March 20, though the Lakers did welcome back Anthony Davis in that time in order to secure the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference.

The 36-year-old still managed to log his 17th season with at least 25 points per game, ending the regular season with averages of 25 points, 7.8 assists and 7.7 rebounds through 45 games.