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.”
Frank Vogel says LeBron James has returned to LA to begin treatment on his left knee. “As long as the swelling is there, he will be out,” Vogel said.
– Dave McMenamin (@mcten) January 30, 2022
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|
|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||–|