Source: LeBron James Could Miss 1-2 Months

Well, this could get interesting for the Los Angeles Lakers. A new report says that  LeBron James' abdominal injury could keep him out for much longer than anticipated—perhaps as long as 1 to 2 months. 

The Lakers’ former strength and conditioning coach, Tim DiFrancesco, said in an Instagram post that even a minor to mild abdominal strain normally takes four to eight weeks to heal. 

Making the issue worse by playing is a clear danger in this type of situation. "Especially the way he plays, it’s tough for me to see him getting back under four weeks,” DiFrancesco told Bill Oram of The Athletic. “These are such delicate injuries that can respond to rest with pain relief quickly, but they are highly susceptible to re-injury if returned too quickly.” 

Lakers' fans will be hoping that a contrary opinion, by sports injury expert Jeff Stotts, is a little closer to the truth, as he says that the average players misses about 4 games with an abdominal injury. There's no word on how serious James' injury is. 

Without LeBron, the Lakers lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday, and then got blown out by the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, trailing by as much as 30 points for large chunks of the game. 

Anthony Davis also left the Portland game after just 7 minutes with a stomach illness (he threw up four times before tip-off), leaving the game in the hands of Russell Westbrook, who shot 1-of-13, displaying an array of air balls, bricks, and turnovers

How the Lakers will make do without LeBron for an extended period of time will be very intriguing. Especially if A.D. misses any more time as well. 

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