Lakers’ LeBron James, Anthony Davis to sit out Monday’s game
Lakers stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis will miss Monday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets, the first of two consecutive nights in New York, the team announced Sunday.
James will rest his sore left ankle while Davis will take the night off with a stress injury on his right foot.
The Lakers opened a five-game journey with a 125-121 overtime loss to the Boston Celtics on Saturday night after James’ last-second drive for a layup was disputed. The score was 105-105 when James got the ball with 4.1 seconds left and drove to the basket, missing a layup. James had made five out of six free throws up to this point in the game.
Officials after the game, the NBA and the referees’ union admitted that Celtics forward Jayson Tatum made contact with James’ forearm on the left-handed layup.
“Referees, like everyone else, make mistakes,” the union wrote on Twitter. “We did one at the end of the game last night and it’s heartbreaking for us. This game will be heavy and will cause sleepless nights as we strive to be the best referees we can be.”
James, who is 117 points away from surpassing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, and Davis voiced their criticism after the loss.
“I watch games every day. And I don’t see it happening to anyone. It’s just weird,” James, who finished with 41 points, nine rebounds and eight assists, said of the missed call.
Davis said, “We have been betrayed. …Bron takes a hit in the arm” and the officials call no foul. “It’s unacceptable, to be honest. The referees were bad. You were bad tonight.”
Austin Rivers (left hamstring) will miss his 13th straight game on Monday after the Lakers listed him as out on the injury report. Lonnie Walker IV (tendonitis in left knee) is listed as probable.
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