When LeBron James took to the podium during his post-match press conference, after the Lakers lost to the Clippers 119-115, the outcome of the game was barely in favor.
Given that this is his first media appearance, since removing the NBA’s health and safety protocols early after it was ruled that his positive test result was in Sacramento. is a false positive, so there is no prize for guessing what the first few questions will be about.
James was put through the league’s health and safety protocols ahead of the team’s game against the Kings on Tuesday (ET). However, after a false positive, he returned multiple negative tests which resulted in him being removed from the protocols.
“Quite confused, frustrated, angry at not being able to do anything.” James said after the game regarding the past few days.
That false-positive test result forced James to miss the team’s game against the Kings. So instead of playing his fourth game in a row, already a peak season, he missed his 12th game out of 23 (now 24).
Coming into the game against the Clippers, playing his first game since Sunday against Detroit, James’ rust was evident. Although he had the tally with 23 points, 11 rebounds, six assists and two robberies, he shot 9-23 from the field, including 2/8 from outside the arc and flipped the ball three times in 37 minutes. competition. .
“He’s had a rough couple of days, there’s no other way to deal with it,” Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said after the game. “I commend him for playing a really good game of basketball. He didn’t shoot well, but he was great.”
James, however, failed to hold back his performance, particularly defensively as he called his performance ‘bad’ in the squad as he played center.
With the loss, the Lakers slipped back to the .500 with a 12-12 record while the Clippers skated three games and climbed above the .500 with a 12-11 record.