LeBron James expected to miss weeks with leg injury

LeBron James could be out for a long time due to a right leg injury, The Athletic’s Shams Charania reports. He will get many medical opinions regarding the injury, but The Lakers are preparing for his absence for weeks, adds Charania (Twitter link).

James picked up the injury during Sunday’s game against Dallas, in which the Lakers rebounded from a 27-point deficit to win 111-108. James played through an injury on Sunday but the team listed him out against Memphis on Tuesday, The Athletic’s Jovan Buha tweeted (Twitter link).

James’ absence could be a blow to the Lakers’ playoff hopes. They are currently 29th-32nd and 12th on the Western Conference rankings.

James admitted after Sunday’s game that he was in pain, ESPN’s Dave McMenamin relay.

“Had better,” James said. “Sure. But I’m definitely not going into the dressing room and not finishing the game tonight. Just understanding the importance of the game, and then with the momentum we have, I feel like we can still win after going down. We’ll monitor it over the next few days, see how it feels and start from there.”

James, who has missed 14 games this season, is averaging 29.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 6.9 assists. He speak During the All-Star break, he’s determined to play every game for the rest of the season, eager to get back to post-season after the Lakers failed to qualify last season.

Without James, the Lakers will have to rely more on rookies Jarred Vanderbilt, Rui Hachimura, Troy Brown Jr.. And Lonnie Walker IV.

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