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Lakers forward LeBron James plans to play through foot injury

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Lakers forward LeBron James plans to play through foot injury
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LeBron James missed the Los Angeles Lakers’ Monday night matchup against the Utah Jazz due to a foot injury. It was his first game he sat out this season.

Now, the four-time MVP plans to play through his injury. Per Jovan Buha of The Athletic, LeBron said that rest is the only thing that can help his left foot soreness, but the Lakers star feels he has to participate tonight.

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Other players listed on the team’s injury report include Dennis Schroder (out indefinitely), Thomas Bryant (out indefinitely), Cole Swider (out), Anthony Davis (day-to-day), and Lonnie Walker IV (day-to-day).

Considering the Lakers are off to a 2-8 start this season, maybe LeBron should play. On Wednesday morning, the 20-year veteran was also asked about his underwhelming performances this season.

“C’mon man,” replied James. “I’m turning 38 in almost two months, basically two months. And when you know who you are, to be honest, if you really, truly caring about what people say, that doesn’t matter.”

Lakers forward LeBron James plans to play against Clippers tonight, despite left foot soreness

Through nine appearances this season, LeBron is averaging 24.3 points, 8.9 rebounds, 7.1 assists, and 1.6 steals. While logging 36.1 minutes per game, the 18-time All-Star is shooting 44.7% from the field and 21% from 3-point range.

To the untrained eye, the four-time NBA champ’s stats appear decent. However, the forward’s player efficiency rating (PER) and true shooting percentage this season are his lowest recordings since he was a rookie.

James’ true shooting percentage this season is 50.6%. The Lakers forward has made 88 of 197 attempts from the floor and 13 of 62 shots from downtown.

During LeBron’s rookie season with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he averaged 20.9 points, 5.5 boards, 5.9 assists, and 1.6 steals in 79 starts. His PER was 18.3. Meanwhile, the forward’s PER this season is currently 19.2.

For more in-depth statistics, James is averaging his fewest drives per game since A.I. software Second Spectrum first began tracking data in 2014.

Based on the available measurements, out of 106 players who’ve attempted to drive the ball down the lane at least 50 times this season, LeBron ranks 90th in points per drive.

The Lakers face off against the Los Angeles Clippers tonight at 10 p.m. ET. For those interested in watching, this matchup will air live on ESPN. Moreover, Davis and Walker IV are game-time decisions for L.A.

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James is a Basketball Insiders contributor. He earned his bachelor's degree in English and Creative Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. James enjoys watching sports and helping gamblers win money.

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