LeBron James holds a particular place in his coronary heart for Madison Square Garden. When he performed his last sport in opposition to former teammate and buddy Dwyane Wade, he declared that solely the then-Staples Center and the Garden had been worthy venues for such an event. He has had various notable performances there all through his profession, together with a 52-point triple-double in 2009, however recently, he hasn’t been capable of replicate that success in New York.
That’s no fault of his personal. The Los Angeles Lakers play solely a single sport on the street in opposition to the Knicks per season. Last 12 months, James was suspended for that sport as a result of an altercation with Detroit Pistons heart Isaiah Stewart. The 12 months prior, he was injured. That implies that James hasn’t performed at Madison Square Garden since 2020.
That streak will finish on Tuesday, nonetheless, when the Lakers full their New York back-to-back with a sport in opposition to the Knicks, and based on ESPN’s Dave McMenamin, James will play. That was no certainty after he sat out Monday’s loss to the Brooklyn Nets. Lakers coach Darvin Ham remarked earlier than the sport that James is coping with important soreness in his left foot, so his standing for Tuesday was not sure.
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Anthony Davis will seemingly return to the lineup as properly, as he was held out of Monday’s sport as a result of the group’s coaching workers doesn’t need him taking part in in back-to-backs but. That will give the Lakers a principally wholesome roster as they give the impression of being to climb out of the 23-28 gap they’ve dug themselves whereas injured. Given James’ historical past at Madison Square Garden, although, he ought to put them ready to choose up a victory.
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