April 16, 2024

Lakers’ LeBron James doubtful vs. Bucks with ankle soreness

LeBron James is doubtful for Tuesday’s street recreation in opposition to the Milwaukee Bucks due to soreness in his left ankle, the Los Angeles Lakers introduced Monday.

James has been dealing with the ankle difficulty for months. The final recreation he missed due to it was, coincidentally, a Lakers win over Milwaukee on March 8.

L.A. began Spencer Dinwiddie in James’ place in that win over Milwaukee.

The 21-year veteran performed 38 minutes in L.A.’s 150-145 win over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, contributing 26 factors and 10 assists.

The Bucks recreation is the beginning of a six-game street journey for the Lakers, who’re No. 9 within the Western Conference with 11 video games left to play.

Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell, who missed the Indiana recreation with a non-COVID sickness, isn’t on the damage report in opposition to Milwaukee.

“We know where we are right now,” James stated after the Pacers recreation. “Just continue trying to play some good basketball. That’s a very testy road trip for us. It’s very rare — I can’t remember in my career where I’ve had such a late East Coast road trip, or vice versa when I was in the East going to the West so late in the season, so that’s challenging.

“But we’re wanting ahead to it.”

L.A. is currently 3 games behind the Phoenix Suns for the No. 6 spot in the conference, which it would need to secure to avoid the play-in tournament. The Lakers are 2.5 games ahead of the No. 10 seed Golden State Warriors.