LeBron James says he isn’t worried about the Los Angeles Lakers’ playoffs seeding after losing their sixth game from their past seven on Sunday night.
The issue was the same ankle which forced James to miss 20 games, only returning to action earlier this week.
“I definitely want to get healthy. Not only for myself, but for our team,” James said post-game.
“I need to make sure my ankle is where it was before the injury. I’ve got to be smart with it.”
The defeat means the Lakers slip to seventh in the Western Conference with a record of 36-28 and made need to compete in the Play-In Tournament.
While James isn’t an advocate for that concept, he insisted the reigning champions weren’t stressed by their seeding if they didn’t have a fit line-up.
“It doesn’t matter at the end of the day if I’m not 100% or close to 100%,” James said. “It don’t matter where we land.”
Kevin Durant returned fire for the Nets in a showdown between two of the NBA’s out-and-out superstars, with the latter having 42 points.
Joel Embiid starred before Ben Simmons tipped in a buzzer beater in over-time earning the Philadelphia 76ers a 113-111 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
The Phoenix Suns remained strong in the West with a 123-120 win at Oklahoma City Thunder.