LeBron James sat out his second straight game on Wednesday with knee soreness, and the DNP streak could last a couple of weeks. An MRI on Wednesday revealed that James has a strained left knee and lower back, and he’s expected to miss the next two weeks of action.
James has never missed more than seven games in a season, but that almost certainly will change this year. Per Cleveland.com:
After dealing with nagging injuries for most of the season that caused him to miss the past two games, LeBron James is expected to sit out the next two weeks with “strains” of his left knee and lower back, the Cavaliers announced Thursday.
James was examined by team physician, Dr. Richard Parker, at Cleveland Clinic Sports Health on Wednesday, and underwent a physical exam, radiographs and an MRI — according to a news release.
In addition to rest, James will be treated with anti-inflammatories, rehabilitation, and training-room treatments.
But before the Cavs played the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday night, James told reporters that “I’m not concerned because all the tests, and everything I’ve done with the docs, they’ve come back negative.
“I’ve got 41,000 minutes in my career, including the playoffs,” he said. “You drive that car in the winter time.”
James said then that he might play “hopefully by the Dallas game,” which is Sunday at The Q. Also on Wednesday, a Cavs official told the Northeast Ohio Media Group that James had multiple imaging tests — MRIs — done this season and that the results were good.
A source said Dr. Parker made his diagnosis after James spoke with reporters.
“It’s been hurting pretty much all year,” James said of his left knee. “I’ve been playing with it. It goes away and comes back.”