SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James will not play Monday against the San Antonio Spurs because of “significant” soreness in his left knee coming off his 56-point effort against the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers coach Frank Vogel said before the game.
James, 37, missed five games because of his knee from late January until early February, but had not missed any time because of it since.
Vogel said the Lakers are “hopeful” James will play Wednesday in Houston.
James’ performance against the Warriors was his highest-scoring game with the Lakers and tied for third-highest in his 19-year career, as Los Angeles rallied from a 14-point deficit to win 124-116.
The win still only brought the Lakers’ record to 28-35, leaving them in ninth place in the Western Conference.
Los Angeles also is dealing with the absence of Anthony Davis, who has been out for nearly three weeks with a midfoot sprain.
James is averaging 29.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 6.2 assists in 36.8 minutes per game for the Lakers this season.