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Lakers' LeBron James out indefinitely with high right ankle sprain

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As Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James tumbled to the floor, the fall sparked two reactions.

With James turning his right ankle and yelling in pain in the second quarter of Saturday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks, the Lakers hoped this did not mean an extended absence for him only two years after he missed a combined 27 games because of a strained left groin. After the Lakers’ 99-94 loss to the Hawks on Saturday, the Lakers diagnosed James with a high right ankle sprain and ruled him out indefinitely.

“I haven’t necessarily seen him scream and scowl like that probably ever, even with that groin,” Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma said. “It had to probably hurt a little bit for sure.”

Some of other James’ teammates also suggested that Hawks guard Solomon Hill deserves some blame. James fell on the ground after Hill tried to knock the ball out of his hands. Solomon then fell on James’ right ankle with 10:50 left in the second quarter.

LeBron James yells in pain after turning his right ankle in the second quarter of Saturday's 99-94 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. The Lakers diagnosed James with a high right ankle sprain and ruled him out indefinitely.

“It was a tough play. Guy dove for a loose ball and kicked his leg from under him. We didn’t feel like it was one of those basketball type plays,” Lakers forward Montrezl Harrell said. “But that’s neither here nor there.”

Hill responded on Twitter, saying, he “would never disrespect the game and take a player out purposely.” Harrell conceded as much, adding, “I don’t think it’s one of those plays that he tried to do it. But at the end of the day, it’s one of those things you have to look at.”

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