How long is LeBron James away? Injury history, return date, latest updates on the Lakers star

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The Lakers will have to rely on Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook at the start of the 2021-22 season as they move forward without the services of their best player.

Los Angeles star LeBron James is expected to miss at least a week of action with an abominable strain, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. The four-time NBA MVP had previously lost two of the Lakers’ first eight games of the season before suffering the injury to the Rockets on November 2.

What is James’ future? Here’s everything we know about his injury and the latest news on when he could be back on the pitch.

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What is LeBron James’s injury?

In their most recent injury report, the Lakers listed James as out with a rectus abdominal strain. That muscle group is “launched between the ribs and the pubic bone at the front of the pelvis”, via BetterHealth.com, and its primary function is to “move the body between the rib cage and the pelvis”.

An abdominal strain can cause severe pain and cause difficulty in stretching the muscle.

How long will LeBron James be out?

James is expected to miss 1-2 weeks, according to Charania, who reported on November 4 that the Lakers are taking a cautious approach with his injury.

“If these were the playoffs, could James be pushing to play? Maybe,” said Charania. “But James suffered the injury in Tuesday’s win over the Rockets, and the Lakers want to be careful and manage the injury during this NBA season’s marathon.”

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Next Lakers schedule 2021-22

If James misses a week, he’ll miss four games in total, including a national televised game against his former team, the Miami Heat.

Date opponent Time (ET) National TV
November 4th against thunder At 10.30pm
November 6 at Trail Blazers At 10.30pm NBA TV
November 8 against hornets At 10.30pm NBA TV
November 10 against heat 22:00 ESPN
November 12 against Timberwolves At 10.30pm
November 14 against the Spurs 15:30
November 15 against the bulls At 10.30pm NBA TV
November 17 to Bucks 19:30 ESPN
November 19 to the Celtics 19:30 ESPN

LeBron James’ stats for the 2021-22 season

  • 24.8 points per game
  • 5.5 rebounds per game
  • 7.0 assists per game
  • 2.3 stolen per game
  • 4.2 turnovers per game
  • 37.0 minutes per game
  • 46.7 percent shooting
  • 34.7 percent three-point shot
  • 78.3 percent free throws

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