Lakers star LeBron James will miss his second straight game with a sore ankle, the team announced.
James said he reaggravated the right ankle injury suffered last season in Sunday’s win over the Grizzlies, but is holding out hope for a quick return. He first missed the Lakers’ overtime win over the Spurs on Tuesday.
LA visits the Thunder on Wednesday and returns home to face the Cavaliers on Friday night.
James, 36, had the ankle stepped on by Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane after Bane attempted a layup midway through the second quarter.
“The first thing I was thinking to myself was, ‘Not again,’ because it was kind of similar but not the same kind of play, a guy falling onto my leg, and there’s nothing you can do about it,” James said.
“I couldn’t get my leg out of there in time, so just wanted to try to take a moment on the floor, hopefully it wasn’t getting worse.”
Later in the game, James took a scary spill under the basket after leaping in an effort to finish a failed alley-oop attempt.
James is averaging 26.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists in three games, with LA sitting at 1-2. He finished with 19 points vs. the Grizzlies.
The Lakers also listed forward/center Anthony Davis as questionable with a sore knee.