In addition to James' absence, Los Angeles opted to sit starting forward Kyle Kuzma due to a back contusion.
James, who has been receiving daily treatment from the Lakers training and medical staff, is making progress on his recovery and will be re-evaluated in a week, making his availability for next Wednesday's home game against Detroit unlikely. This season for the Lakers was about seeing who was their second best player and who could step up in big moments. That's almost five points per game above his season average.
Now, Luke Walton addressed the media for the game against Pistons, issuing an official statement on LeBron James" injury amidst all the speculations regarding this new "sports hernia' injury.
Andy Murray could retire after Aussie Open due to hip
The update comes after he was convincingly outclassed in a practice session with world No 1 Novak Djokovic on Thursday in which the Serbian won 10 of 12 games.
Wolves update: The Wolves will take the floor for a third straight game without Robert Covington, whose ailing right knee will keep him out indefinitely. The Mavericks entered the day tied for the fewest home losses in the National Basketball Association.
Dallas wrapped up its four-game road trip with back-to-back losses after a 106-100 setback at Philadelphia on Saturday. We've got to make it a dire situation. As disconcerting as blowing a healthy lead to a struggling, short-handed Lakers team was for the Mavericks, registering only 12 assists on 36 made field might have been the most ominous development.
"Really, there's probably more unknown than there is known, just because of the amount of injuries we've gone through and the different lineups, even with the suspensions of trying to get the continuity of who plays, what matchups are playing well together". Doncic, though, is hitting 40.5 percent of his 3-pointers in that stretch and 43.1 percent of his shots overall. Dallas is 18-21 on the season, 15-3 at home, 24-15 against the spread and 20-19 with the over. The Dallas Mavericks are averaging 110.2 points on 45.3 percent shooting and allowing 109.7 points on 46.1 percent shooting.