NBA: LeBron (abdomen) out at least a week; injury not serious

Field Level Media/Reuters

Posted at Nov 05 2021 05:36 AM | Updated as of Nov 05 2021 07:46 AM

LeBron James moves in for a basket against the Rockets on November 2. Gary A. Vasquez, USA Today Sports/Reuters
LeBron James moves in for a basket against the Rockets on November 2. Gary A. Vasquez, USA Today Sports/Reuters

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James will miss one week with an abdominal strain, according to multiple reports, with the injury not considered serious.

James aggravated an existing abdominal strain during a 119-117 victory over the Houston Rockets, ESPN reported. The team is said to be taking a cautious approach with the injury.

Thursday's Lakers game at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder will be the third one James has missed already this season. Los Angeles has opened with a 5-3 record.

James, who turns 37 on Dec. 30, has averaged 24.8 points, 7.0 assists and 5.5 rebounds in six games this season. He scored 30 points against the Rockets on Tuesday with 10 assists.

In 19 seasons with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat and Lakers, James has averaged 27.0 points with 7.4 assists and 7.4 rebounds.

After Thursday, the Lakers are scheduled to play at Portland on Saturday, then return home to face the Charlotte Hornets on Monday, the Miami Heat on Wednesday and the Minnesota Timberwolves on November 12.

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