LeBron James has been diagnosed with a high right ankle sprain and will be out indefinitely, according to multiple reports. James suffered the injury during the second quarter of the Lakers' game Saturday against the Hawks.
James was on the left wing when Hawks forward Solomon Hill went for a loose ball and inadvertently made contact with James's right leg. James immediately went to the ground grabbing his right leg in pain after the awkward contortion.
It was a strange scene, though. After the injury, James went back to the Lakers bench, tied his shoes and returned to the court where he immediately hit a corner three-pointer. But he proceeded to return to the locker room directly after scoring under his own power, and tossed a chair in frustration, according to the Los Angeles Times' Dan Woike and ESPN's Dave McMenamin.
Lakers forward Anthony Davis and the team's director of sports performance followed James to the locker room, per Woike.
After the team's 99–94 loss, Lakers coach Frank Vogel said there was no update on James. It was later reported that the 17-time All-Star was going to have an MRI on his right ankle, according to ESPN. However, the X-rays did come back negative, per ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.
James took to Twitter after the game to express his frustration at not being able to play, and pledged to be back on the court soon.
James is a favorite win this year's MVP award and is averaging 25.8 points, 8.1 rebounds and 8.0 assists this season. The Lakers will also be without Davis, who is still out indefinitely while nursing an Achilles tendinosis and a calf strain.
The Lakers are currently the third seed in the Western Conference at 28-14 and are scheduled to visit the Suns tomorrow at 10 p.m. ET.