LeBron James will miss a game for the first time this season when the Los Angeles Lakers play a road game against the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday in their final outing before the NBA All-Star break, the Lakers said.

James did not accompany the team on its flight to Sacramento after a 114-104 home loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, according to a team spokesperson.

He will still report to Atlanta this weekend to participate in his 17th straight All-Star Game, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by The Athletic.

Heading into the Suns game, James was listed as probable with a left ankle sprain, an injury he suffered earlier in the season. He will receive treatment while he is in L.A., according to the team.

James, 36, had played in all 36 games for the defending champs this season, averaging 25.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.8 assists while leading L.A. to a 24-12 record — third best in the Western Conference.

L.A. could be very short-handed for the second night of its back-to-back in Sacramento, as Anthony Davis (right leg) also has been ruled out and Marc Gasol (health and safety protocols), Kyle Kuzma (bruised right heel) and Alex Caruso (neck spasms) were all on the injury report after the Suns game.


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