Lakers LeBron James is questionable against the Bucks with ankle soreness

The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Monday that there are doubts about LeBron James' participation in the road game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday, due to pain in his left ankle.

James has been dealing with an ankle issue for months. The last game he missed was, coincidentally, a Lakers win over Milwaukee on March 8.

Los Angeles' Spencer Dinwiddie started in place of James in that win over Milwaukee.

The 21-year-old veteran played 38 minutes in Los Angeles' 150-145 win over the Indiana Pacers on Sunday, contributing 26 points and 10 assists.

The Bucks game marks the beginning of a six-game road trip for the Lakers, who are in ninth place in the Western Conference with 11 games remaining.

Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell, who missed the Indiana game with a non-COVID illness, is not listed on the injury report against Milwaukee.

“We know where we are now,” James said after the Pacers game. “Just keep trying to play good basketball. It's a very tough road trip for us. It's very rare — I can't remember in my career where I've had a late trip on the East Coast, or vice versa where it was from the east going west so late Of the season, so that's a challenge.

“But we're looking forward to it.”

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Los Angeles is currently three games behind the Phoenix Suns for sixth place in the conference, which it will need to secure to avoid a play-in tournament. The Lakers are 2.5 games ahead of the No. 10 Golden State Warriors.

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