James (ankle) is on track to return to the lineup in three weeks, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
James could be right behind fellow star Anthony Davis (calf) in returning to the court, provided no setbacks occur in the weeks to come. Understandably, the Lakers will proceed with caution in handling the return of their two top players to ensure their health during the postseason. In the meantime, Kyle Kuzma (calf), and Talen Horton-Tucker should continue to split minutes at small forward for the Lakers until James returns.
James received a 4-to-6-week projected timeline for his return after suffering a right high-ankle sprain in the Lakers' March 20 loss to the Hawks, Shams Charania of Stadium reports.
The Lakers had already been listing James as out indefinitely with the expectation that he would be sidelined for several weeks, but Charania's report provides a clearer range for when fantasy managers may expect to see the superstar back in the lineup. Even if James' recovery trends closer to the short end of that timeline, he likely won't be available to play until mid-to-late April. The Lakers' main goal is likely ensuring that both James and Anthony Davis (calf) are back to 100 percent before the end of the regular season ends May 16, so the team is incentivized to proceed slowly with their respective recoveries. While James is out, look for Kyle Kuzma, Montrezl Harrell and Dennis Schroder to take on most of the usage on offense.
James is initially expected to miss several weeks due to his right high-ankle sprain, sources familiar with his injury tell Shams Charania of The Athletic.
The Lakers labeled James as out indefinitely after he sprained the ankle in Saturday's loss to the Hawks, but a multi-week absence was fully expected for the superstar, given the previous timelines for players who have suffered similar injuries. That said, James has proven over his career to be a quick healer compared to most, so the Lakers are holding out hope that he may be ready to play again sooner rather than later if he responds well to the treatment. Fantasy managers should prepare to at least keep James on their bench or in an injured reserve slot for at least this week, and probably the following week, too, unless more positive news about his recovery process emerges. With Anthony Davis (calf) also facing a murky timeline for a return, the Lakers will likely rely on Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Kuzma, Dennis Schroder and Talen Horton-Tucker as their primary scoring options for at least the next several games.
The Lakers are viewing James as out indefinitely after he suffered a high right ankle sprain in Saturday's loss to the Hawks, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
James sustained the injury during the second quarter, when an opponent rolled over his ankle. With both James and Anthony Davis (calf, Achilles) sidelined indefinitely, the Lakers are now without both of their top players for the foreseeable future. Players like Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell and Kyle Kuzma will need to step their games up, while Talen Horton-Tucker and Alex Caruso could see additional minutes.
James (ankle) has been diagnosed with a high right ankle sprain, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
Things could have been much worse for James, who got his ankle rolled over by an opposing player during Saturday's loss to the Hawks. Assuming he misses time, Talen Horton-Tucker, Alex Caruso and Kyle Kuzma are all candidates to see more usage.
James (ankle) is receiving an MRI on his right ankle, Dave McMenamin of ESPN.com reports. His X-rays returned negative.
James exited Saturday's loss to the Hawks during the second quarter after an opposing player rolled on his ankle. The MRI may help determine the extent of the injury. The Lakers play Sunday, and it would be surprising if James saw the court.
James (ankle) will not return to Saturday's game against the Hawks, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports.
James exited Saturday's game during the second quarter with what appeared to be a bad ankle injury and won't return against the Hawks. This puts his status for Sunday's game against the Suns in question, as the severity of the injury is unknown at this time. Talen Horton-Tucker and Kyle Kuzma will likely see increased run in James' absence.
James went to the locker room during the second quarter of Saturday's game against the Hawks with an apparent ankle injury, Kellan Olson of ArizonaSports.com reports.
James' lower leg got caught under a falling opponent, and it appeared that he twisted his ankle badly. James attempted to play following the injury, but he subbed himself out after a couple of possessions and walked immediately to the locker room.
James (ankle) will play Saturday against the Hawks, Harrison Faigen of Silver Screen and Roll reports.
Initially listed as probable, James will see the floor. This month, he's averaged 28.0 points, 9.0 assists and 7.6 rebounds in 33.8 minutes.
James is probable for Saturday's game against Atlanta due to left ankle soreness.
James continues to deal with a lingering ankle issue but will likely be able to suit up once again Saturday. He recorded 37 points, eight rebounds and six assists over 36 minutes in Thursday's win over Charlotte.
James recorded 37 points (14-22 FG, 4-9 3Pt, 5-6 FT), eight rebounds, six assists, one steal and one block Thursday in a 116-105 win versus Charlotte.
James was the Lakers' driving force that helped extend their winning streak to four games. But unlike those previous three wins, he easily spearheaded them points-wise against Charlotte. He's averaged 25.5 points and logged a 56.5 field-goal percentage across these past four wins. Thursday's performance was also the third time this season during which James scored at least 35 in one game.
James (ankle) is in the starting lineup for Thursday's game against Charlotte, Ryan Ward of LakersNation.com reports.
James was officially ruled probable heading into this matchup, but as expected, will take the floor as usual. Over his past three games played, James is averaging 21.7 points, 11.0 assists and 8.3 rebounds.
James (ankle) is probable for Thursday's game versus the Hornets, Ryan Ward of LakersNation.com reports.
The 36-year-old is once again considered probable, as he's expected to play through left ankle soreness again Thursday. James has posted averages of 24.4 points, 8.6 assists, 7.2 rebounds and 1.0 steals in 31.4 minutes over his past five games.
James tallied 25 points (8-14 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 5-5 FT), 12 rebounds, 12 assists and a blocked shot across 31 minutes in a 137-121 win against the Timberwolves on Tuesday.
A night after compiling a 22-10-11 effort against Golden State, James posted his second straight triple-double -- and the 99th such performance of his career -- to lead Los Angeles to its third straight win. The future Hall of Famer has continued to produce elite numbers in his 17th NBA campaign, posting per-game averages of 25.5 points, 8.1 rebounds, 8.0 assists and 1.1 steals while shooting 51.0 percent from the field.
James (ankle) will play Tuesday against the Timberwolves, Ryan Ward of Lakers Nation reports.
As expected, James will continue to play on a sprained ankle. Since Feb. 1, James has averaged 25.9 points, 8.5 assists, 8.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 35.8 minutes.
James (ankle) is probable for Tuesday's game against Minnesota, Harrison Faigen of SilverScreenAndRole.com reports.
James continues to be listed as probable due to soreness in his left ankle, but it hasn't hampered him on the court, as he went for a triple-double across 30 minutes in Monday's win over Golden State. The 36-year-old should take on his usual workload in the second game of a back-to-back.
James finished Monday's 128-97 victory over Golden State with 22 points (8-13 FG, 2-4 3Pt, 4-6 Ft), 11 assists and 10 rebounds across 30 minutes.
The triple-double was James' fourth of the campaign and 98th of his storied career. The blowout nature of the win allowed the veteran to log only 30 minutes of time on the court, nearly five minutes below his season average. James recently indicated that he doesn't plan to rest much in the second half of the campaign, per Mark Medina of USA Today, so games like Monday can only help as he tries to lead the Lakers to a second straight NBA title.
James (ankle) is starting Monday's game against Golden State, Anthony Slater of The Athletic reports.
James continues to be listed as probable with a lingering ankle issue, but he's missed just one game all season. He's posted averages of 25.6 points, 7.8 rebounds and 7.6 assists over his last 10 matchups.
James (ankle) is probable for Monday's game against the Warriors.
James will land on the injury report once again ahead of Monday's contest, but he didn't show any signs of limitations while posting a double-double in Friday's win over the Pacers. Across his past five appearances, James has averaged 24.4 points, 6.2 assists and 5.8 rebounds over 32.0 minutes per game.
James supplied 18 points (5-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 7-11 FT), 10 assists, three rebounds and one steal Friday in a 105-100 win against the Pacers.
James leads the Lakers with 16 double-doubles this season. He may have attempted fewer than 15 field goals during three of his past five contests but still averaged 24.4 points through that span. Across 37 games this season, James has also recorded double figures in assists 10 times.
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