James sat out the Lakers’ 115-101 road loss to the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night due to a sore left groin. He missed over a month earlier this season because of a strain to the same groin muscle.
“We’re a much better team when he’s on the floor,” Walton said before the Bucks game. “So I’m looking forward to him getting back out there again.”
The Lakers trail the LA Clippers by 10.5 games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference, meaning James’ personal streaks of 13 straight postseason appearances and eight straight NBA Finals berths are all but finished.
James is averaging 27.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists this season. He had 33 points in Sunday’s 124-123 loss to the Knic