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Lakers coach Frank Vogel, when asked about James’ injury before the game, said the team is taking “a marathon approach” with him. Malik Monk started in James’ place and had 17 points. Rajon Rondo had 8 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds in his return to the rotation.
Team medical staff evaluated James and made the decision to hold him out. James did not test the ankle out on the court Tuesday.
James missed 26 games last season with a high right ankle sprain, but Vogel said the Lakers star did not aggravate that injury.
“Same ankle. Different