LeBron James to miss at least one week with abdominal strain

LA Lakers star LeBron James is expected to miss at least one week with an abdominal strain. James has already missed two games this season. He aggravated the injury in Tuesday’s 119—117 win over the Rockets on Tuesday

The Athletic and ESPN reported Thursday that the Los Angeles Lakers’ star would be out at least one week because of the injury. The Lakers are going to exercise caution with the 36-year-old James, especially when their sights are set on playing into June. A source familiar with the injury told ESPN that the team’s medical staff wants to “to take their time” with James’ recovery.

James, 36, was ruled out hours before the Lakers (5—3) host the 1—6 Thunder on Thursday night. He is averaging 24.8 points, seven assists and 5.5 rebounds per game this season. His 46.7% field goal percentage is the lowest since his debut season. The Lakers are 5-3 on the season, including 1-1 without James.

Los Angeles hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday and then will travel to face the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday before a five-game homestand.

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