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Dave McMenamin: Frank Vogel says LeBron James remains a gametime decision for tonight. He added that Carmelo Anthony had an evaluation on his right hamstring that left the team “encouraged” but he will be out tonight.
Dave McMenamin: LeBron James, who has missed the Lakers last five games with swelling in his left knee, could return tonight against the New York Knicks (8:30 pm PT, ABC), sources told ESPN. James will go through a pregame warmup to determine if he is ready to return, sources said.
Tommy Beer: The Lakers are listing LeBron James (knee) as doubtful and Anthony Davis as probable for tonight's game vs. the Knicks. Carmelo Anthony (hamstring) has been ruled out. The Knicks are at full strength.
Speaking of injury mysteries, Windhorst said the uncertainty surrounding LeBron James’ return to play is also having an impact on trade talks ahead of the deadline. James is reportedly “exploring all options” to return from a knee injury but it is still unclear at this point when he could come back. “He has missed four games with some sort of knee injury that the Lakers are not elaborating on,” Windhorst said. “From what I’m told, he felt it in the Brooklyn game last week, decided he could play on it, which resulted in it swelling up. We don’t know how long he is going to be out.”
Ryan Ward: Russell Westbrook on LeBron: "To my knowledge, he's alright." Said he didn't talk to him about basketball.
Shams Charania: Lakers star LeBron James is expected to miss Wednesday’s game vs. Portland, and could be out a few more games due to irritation in left knee, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium. Sides want to be cautious and allow James to return once irritation subsides.
Mike Trudell: Frank Vogel said LeBron is still experiencing some soreness in his knee, and Davis has some soreness in his wrist. As for Sunday in Atlanta: “Hopefully we get them both back,” Vogel said, but the medical staff will see how they both feel tomorrow.
Dave McMenamin: Frank Vogel says LeBron James is out tonight. He woke up with some soreness in his left knee. Vogel says James will be day to day so that keeps his availability for tomorrow’s back-to-back in Charlotte in question.
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Harrison Faigen: LeBron tells @Mike Trudell that he's fine after grabbing at his hip during the fourth. He says he just still feels his rectus abdominis injury sometimes, even since returning. "I'll be all right... it didn't linger too much."
Bill Oram: LeBron James will play vs. Detroit, Frank Vogel said. James had been listed as questionable on the team’s injury report.
After the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks 109-102 to fall to 8-8 this season, LeBron James opened the door to making his return from an abdominal strain on Friday in Boston. "I hope," James told ESPN on Wednesday when asked if he would play against the Celtics after missing the past eight games and 10 of L.A.'s 16 games because of injury. "I hope." While Lakers coach Frank Vogel said James is "day to day," sources close to James told ESPN that there is a "50-50" chance he will be back in the lineup at the TD Garden.
Bill Oram: LeBron James remains out against Milwaukee but is getting his pregame work in with Phil Handy. This will mark the eighth straight games James has missed since Nov. 2
Dave McMenamin: LeBron James is officially listed as out for Wednesday’s game in Milwaukee with his abdominal strain, per the Lakers. It will be his eighth straight missed game and 10th missed game overall this season. As @Adrian Wojnarowski reported, it’s possible James will return to the court Fri in BOS
Adrian Wojnarowski: There's growing optimism that LeBron James could make his return to the Lakers vs. Boston on Friday (ESPN, 7:30 PM), sources tell ESPN. James has been out two weeks with an abdominal strain. Lakers start five-game road trip in Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Harrison Faigen: LeBron James is still OUT tomorrow, but THT is now PROBABLE to make his return.
Harrison Faigen: As expected, the Lakers have added Austin Reaves to the list of guys who are out. Rajon Rondo is still questionable. Frank Vogel told us he was day-to-day. Also as expected, LeBron is still out tomorrow vs. the Wolves.
Harrison Faigen: Frank Vogel, on his level of concern with LeBron. "Hopefully he'll be back soon... He doesn't know exactly what happened... He felt something pulling (in the fourth quarter)."
Shams Charania: Lakers star LeBron James is expected to miss at least one week with abdominal strain, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium . Lakers want to be cautious with James’ injury early this season.
Jovan Buha: The Lakers’ injury report for tomorrow against OKC: — Anthony Davis and Wayne Ellington are probable. This is the first time Ellington has been listed as probable. — LeBron James and Dwight Howard are questionable. — Trevor Ariza, Talen Horton-Tucker and Kendrick Nunn are out.
Mike Trudell: LeBron James continues to be day-to-day with the sore ankle, so we don’t yet know his status for Friday’s game vs. Cleveland.
Grizzlies forward Desmond Bane collided with James' right leg in the first half, causing James to tumble to the floor. The Lakers star remained there for several minutes as L.A. called timeout so the team's medical staff could check on him. For James, it was a scare involving the same leg that suffered a high right ankle sprain last season when the Atlanta Hawks' Solomon Hill crashed into his lower body while lunging for a steal. That injury caused him to miss 26 games and didn't fully heal until months into the offseason. "The first thing I was thinking to myself was, 'Not again,'" James said afterward. "Because obviously it was almost similar but not the same kind of play. Guy falls into my leg and there's nothing you can do about it and I couldn't get my leg out of there in time."
Can you go over what you saw in the reaggravation in the last game of the season? Dr. Brian Sutterer: You had to zoom in really close because they didn’t show a good look at it, but a typical, common, low-ankle sprain, a lot of us have probably done ourselves. The outer portion of our ankle rolls down closer to the ground. A high-ankle-sprain mechanism occurs when the foot points outwards in what we call external rotation, so the toes are pointed outwards, and the foot sometimes rolls in the opposite direction, so the inside of the ankle goes down closer to the floor. So that’s the position that LeBron’s ankle was in when he stepped on Alexander-Walker’s foot. The reason I was concerned that he had tweaked the original injury was that it was the same mechanism as his original high-ankle sprain. I think if this would have been the more classic low-ankle sprain, I probably wouldn’t have been that concerned because he’s shown us he can brush those off. But because it was the same mechanism as his original injury, that’s where I think there’s concern of how healthy that ligament is going to be going into Wednesday.
Do you think people aren’t making a big enough deal about this issue? Dr. Brian Sutterer: It’s certainly possible that he could respond well enough to where it won’t bother him, but I think it is something that could play a bigger role than people are talking about. You heard Frank Vogel say, “It’s not an issue. He’s fine. There’s no concern,” and of course they’re going to say that going into one of the biggest games of the year to not give the Warriors any advantage with game planning. But, yeah, when we see an injury that’s the of the same mechanism of what originally caused it, and we’ve already seen a setback in the last time he returned, you have to at least be aware of the possibility that he could be more limited than we maybe think going into it.
Dave McMenamin: LeBron James checks out of the game after appearing to tweak the same ankle that caused him to miss 22 of the Lakers' last 26 games. He was playing in the 4th Q even though L.A. was already all but assured the 7th seed, with Denver down 20-plus in the final minutes in POR.
Dave McMenamin: Frank Vogel says LeBron James and Dennis Schroder are available and will play in Indianapolis. Alex Caruso is available but Vogel says he might hold him out.
Kellan Olson: The Lakers are listing Anthony Davis and LeBron James as questionable for tomorrow's game against the Pacers. Same with Alex Caruso and Dennis Schroder. Indiana will have no Brogdon, Turner, Lamb or Sumner. LeVert, Sabonis and Aaron Holiday are questionable.
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His earliest return to the lineup is now Saturday on the road against the Indiana Pacers. James has been recovering from a high ankle sprain and last played on May 2. He returned to the lineup on April 30 against the Sacramento Kings after missing 20 games before he was sidelined again after two games.
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