NBA: Lakers Forward LeBron James to Miss 2 More Games against the Clippers, Trail Blazers

NBA: LA Lakers star LeBron James will miss back-to-back games against the LA Clippers and Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday and Friday to take a rest and not add any pressure on the injured ankle.

It is possible James could miss more games, sources said, as he works through pain in the ankle that kept him out six weeks until a two-game return that saw home losses to Toronto and Sacramento over the weekend.

James and the Lakers will proceed to assess the injury and will progress carefully as the Lakers incline up for the postseason, sources said.

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The Lakers have lost four of their past 6 games and are 9-14 this season without James, who is averaging 25.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 7.9 assists.

I don’t think my brain can process what opportunities will come from [James] being on the floor,” Drummond said earlier this week. “When he does come [back], I’m sure great things will happen for everybody.

James rejoined a Lakers team that has added Andre Drummond and Ben McLemore during his absence and that welcomed back Anthony Davis, who missed nine weeks with injuries of his own, to the lineup last week.