Lakers’ LeBron James will miss at least three key weeks
The Los Angeles Lakers just can’t seem to catch a break this season.
In the midst of the team finally gaining some traction for their late-season playoff push, Lebron James injured his right foot in the Lakers’ come-from-behind 111-108 win over the Mavericks last Sunday.
On Thursday, the nature of James’ injury — and how long it could keep him sidelined — was revealed.
James’ tendon injury in his right foot will be re-evaluated in three weeks, the team announced Thursday.
The NBA’s all-time leading scorer returned to L.A. and was examined by team staff after the injury.
The Lakers are optimistic their offensive centerpiece will avoid surgery, despite James saying he “heard a pop” after he fell to the floor during the win over the Mavs.
The 38-year-old was spotted limping after that game.
“It’s been better,” James told reporters after sustaining the injury. “But I definitely wasn’t going to the locker room and not finish the game.
“The importance of this game and then the momentum that we had, I felt like we could steal one after being down.”
The update comes a day after the Lakers stole a road win from the Thunder Wednesday night, doing so without Anthony Davis and D’Angelo Russell as well.
On Tuesday, Los Angeles dropped a 121-109 result to the Memphis Grizzlies, during which James watched from the sidelines in a walking boot.
This season, James is averaging 29.5 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 6.9 assists a game at the age of 38.
Sitting at 11th in the Western Conference standings at 30-33, the Lakers are in the mix for the play-in tournament and only a couple games out of the sixth spot, currently held by the cross-town rival Clippers at 33-31.
Davis and Russell will try and lead the Lakers and keep them afloat the playoff conversation in James’ absence.
Russell, who’s nursing a right ankle sprain, was expected to make his return Friday against the Timberwolves but told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin on Wednesday that he will not be suiting up for the game anymore.