Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James to Miss Monday's Game Against Portland Trail Blazers

The Los Angeles Lakers will be without the NBA's all-time leading scorer for at least another game. LeBron James has been officially ruled out for Monday night's matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers with left ankle soreness. Monday will mark James' third consecutive missed game. The mini-break comes in the immediate aftermath of his breaking Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's record for most career points in a 133-130 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.  The Lakers have lost three of their past four.

Even at 38 years old, James is improbably having yet another incredible season, but it hasn't translated to a successful 2022-23 for the Lakers. James has averaged 30.2 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 7.5 assists per game with a .590 true shooting percentage in 44 appearances this year, but his team is 26-31 and 13th in the Western Conference. Barring a late-season surge, the Lakers appear poised to miss the playoffs for the third time since James joined the franchise in 2018.

James' next chance to see the court will be on Wednesday night against the New Orleans Pelicans.
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