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.
LeBron James is out tonight against Denver. Kyle Kuzma and Anthony Davis are both in.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 23, 2019
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.
Frank Vogel on LeBron’s injury: “It was sustained in the Indiana game and he played through it against Milwaukee.”— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) December 21, 2019
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.