LeBron James Injury Update: Lakers star misses time with left knee injury

The Los Angeles Lakers will be without star forward LeBron James in Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Hawks due to a left knee injury.

Prior to that competition, head coach Frank Vogel also mentioned that James could miss out on time beyond Sunday’s game.

Here is everything we know about the injury.

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What’s LeBron James’ injury?

Ahead of Sunday’s game against the Hawks, James received an MRI of his left knee that revealed “general swelling.” according to Vogel. James will miss his third game in a row due to soreness in his left knee as a result.

How long will LeBron James be out?

Vogel stated that James has returned to Los Angeles early for treatment on his knee. He added that “as long as the swelling is there, he will be out.”

While it does not provide a concrete timeline, you can expect the Lakers to be wary of the return of their veteran manager.

In the year 19, at the age of 37, James posts his highest average per. match (36.6) since the 2017-18 season in Cleveland, where he led the NBA in minutes played. He is number four in the NBA in minutes played per game this season. He has one of his most dominant offensive seasons in his career with an average of 29.1 points per game, which is good for his highest scoring average since the 2009-10 season when he was 25 years old.

The Lakers have not exactly reaped the benefits of James’ extraordinary season, sitting 24-26 at the time of writing and holding No. 9 in the Western Conference.

LeBron James injury history this season

James has missed a total of 15 games (including Sunday’s matchup with the Hawks) and is counting due to injury or illness so far this season.

The Lakers are 5-9 in the 14 games without their superstar striker. Below you can find LeBron’s full injury history from this season.

Damage / cause of absence Time frame Games missed
soreness in the right ankle 26.-27. Oct 2
Abdominal load 4.-17. November 8
Suspension Nov 23 1
Health and safety protocols Nov 30 1
Left knee soreness January 27-now 3

Lakers upcoming schedule

Date Opponent Time (ET) National TV
January 30th at Hawks 13:00
February 2nd vs. Trail Blazers 22:00
February 3rd at the Clippers 22:00 TNT
February 5th against the Knicks 20:30 ABC
February 8th vs. Bucks 22:00 TNT
February 9th at Trail Blazers 22:00

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