Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James injured his right ankle on Sunday night and his status is unclear for Monday night’s game against the visiting Denver Nuggets.
James left the 121-114 loss to the Toronto Raptors with 6:42 left in the bout.
“His ankle is in pain,” Los Angeles coach Frank Vogel said afterwards. “We decided not to bring him back.”
James was playing for the second time since missing 20 games with an ankle injury. He said it tightened against him at halftime in both games.
Vogel and James were both on a wait-and-see mode to see if the star striker could play against Denver.
“The plan is to see how I feel and go from there,” James said.
James was also thinking about the big picture.
“The most important thing for me is to be healthy and to be in great shape when it really matters,” James said.
James had 19 points, seven rebounds and six assists against Toronto as the Lakers lost for the sixth time in seven games. They are 0-2 since James’ return.
“I think our team is health based,” said James. “It’s the # 1 thing for our ball club. We have to be healthy and we have to be at full strength.”