James' agent, Rich Paul, told Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com on Tuesday that his client would miss the Lakers' next two games. James will remain in Los Angeles to continue rehabilitating his strained left groin while the Lakers embark a two-game road swing that includes stops Thursday in Oklahoma City and Saturday in Houston. That would leave the Jan. 21 home tilt with the Warriors as the earliest possible date for James' return while extending his absence to 13 games, matching the most contests he's missed in any season of his career. James has been making progress since first suffering the injury against Golden State on Christmas Day, as he was spotted participating in half-court shooting and passing drills earlier this week. He may need to turn in a full practice Sunday to have a realistic shot at returning to the lineup at the beginning of the upcoming week.
James (groin) was spotted taking long-range jump shots during Tuesday's shootaround, Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet reports. James has been participating in on-court drills for nearly a week, but it's still good to see him comfortable enough to be putting up shots from deep. The Lakers are expected to produce an update on the star forward's status Wednesday, at which point his availability for Thursday's matchup in Oklahoma City should become more clear. James has already been ruled out for Tuesday's game against the Bulls, extending his absence to 11 straight contests.
James (groin) has progressed to on-court activity but will remain out for at least the next three games. The Lakers offered a brief update on James' status Thursday, stating in a release that James has been "cleared to increase on-court functional basketball movements," and a further update will be provided on Jan. 16. With that date in mind, James can be ruled out of Friday's game in Utah, as well as home matchups with the Cavs on Sunday and Bulls on Tuesday. The four-time MVP could conceivably make his return on Jan. 17 in Oklahoma City, as the Lakers begin a tough three-game stretch that also includes dates with the Rockets and Warriors.
James (groin) is not traveling with the Lakers when the face Utah on Friday, Kyle Goon of The Orange County Register reports. James has been sidelined since Christmas Day with a hampering left groin strain and per coach Luke Walton, will not make the trip out to Utah on Friday. Instead, James is scheduled to have his medical re-evaluation done Friday in Los Angeles and a set timetable is likely to surface for the former MVP sometime afterwards.
James (groin) will be re-evaluated in one week, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. James, who has been sidelined with a groin injury since Christmas Day and won't travel with the team on their next road-trip, will continue to be held out for at least one more week, meaning he will miss contests against New York, Minnesota, Dallas and Detroit. It's unfortunate news for the former first-overall draft pick, as the Lakers have been dealt with a number of injury problems already this year. With James inactive until at least the matchup against the Jazz on Jan. 11, the Lakers will presumably continue to keep their starting rotation the same, with Josh Hart filing in at shooting guard, Brandon Ingram transiting to small forward and Kyle Kuzma starting at power forward.
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