SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A scan finished on LeBron James’ troublesome left ankle and foot confirmed no severe subject, however the newly topped NBA profession scoring chief sat out a second straight sport Saturday night time since breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s mark earlier within the week.
Nonetheless, coach Darvin Ham expects to see James again on the ground earlier than the All-Star break. When requested whether or not James may should be sidelined by means of the break, Ham supplied, “No, I don’t suppose he’ll enable us to do this.”
Normal supervisor Rob Pelinka mentioned earlier Saturday that nothing was critically incorrect for James, who topped former Lakers star Abdul-Jabbar throughout Tuesday’s 133-130 residence loss to Oklahoma Metropolis.
“LeBron did have some imaging on his foot damage, and we’re grateful that issues got here again clear and good.” Pelinka mentioned.
The sport with Golden State — lacking reigning NBA Finals MVP Stephen Curry due to a left leg damage — marked James’ seventh sidelined by soreness within the left ankle. He additionally missed one sport with left foot soreness and one other due to a non-COVID sickness. He additionally sat out 5 video games with a strained left inside thigh muscle.
“Only for him to proceed to get therapy, keep off of it,” Ham mentioned of the plan. “Clearly we made strikes and one of many greatest strikes is ensuring we’re not placing him ready the place we’re placing him vulnerable to an even bigger subject.”
The 38-year-old James has made his nineteenth straight All-Star group and has 38,390 profession factors.
“We’re simply taking this time that we have now to get him handled and hopefully get him again so we will make a superb run and he may be within the midst of it down the stretch,” Ham mentioned.