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LeBron out Sunday vs. Nuggets due to muscle strain

NBA.com staff and Twitter reports

Dec 22, 2019 7:39 PM ET

LeBron James suffered the injury on Tuesday and played through it against the Bucks on Thursday.

LeBron James has a thoracic muscle strain and will not play in Sunday's Lakers vs. Nuggets game (9:30 ET, NBA TV), the team announced Sunday.

Coach Frank Vogel told Lakers reporter Mike Trudell that the injury to a muscle in James' midsection occurred against Indiana on Tuesday night before the four-time MVP played through it against the Bucks on Thursday night. LeBron managed a triple-double -- 21 points, 12 rebounds, 11 assists -- in the Lakers' 111-104 loss to Milwaukee.

Without James, Alex Caruso, Quinn Cook and Rajon Rondo are likely to assume more of the ball-handling duties. Anthony Davis and Kyle Kuzma, meanwhile, will play despite their respective ankle sprains.


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