Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James will officially sit out Thursday night’s home game against the Oklahoma City Thunder, per the team’s announcing. The 36-year-old superstar is dealing with an abdominal injury suffered against the Houston Rockets on Tuesday.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, LeBron is forecasted to miss an entire week on behalf of the strain — re-establishing the team’s stance on taking it easy with their seasoned star before returning to playing hefty minutes at Staples.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) November 4, 2021
The injury was described as an aggravated “rectus abdominus strain,” which did not sound like a one-game injury from the jump.
Lebron has been off to a highly physical start this season: averaging 37 minutes on the court (up from last season’s 33.4) and already missing two contests out of the Lakers’ six games.
Last season, Lebron had the most extensive stretch of recovery in his career due to injury after missing 20 consecutive games. He finished the year with a career-low in games played (45).
James briefly exited Tuesday night’s win against Houston to meet with the medical staff on the sideline, but re-entered the game after his brief hiatus. He finished the night with 30 points, 10 assists and six rebounds, leading to a Lakers win and improving to 5-3. In the postgame interview, James was seen with a wrap around his abdomen.
Lebron is currently averaging 24.8 points, 7 assists and 5.5 rebounds per game.
The Lakers’ upcoming slate of games will include matchups against the aforementioned Thunder, followed by the Trail Blazers, Hornets, Heat and Timberwolves.