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LeBron James Will Not Play Against Memphis After Injuring His Right Foot In Dallas

The Los Angeles Lakers picked up a key (and improbable) win over the Mavericks on Sunday in Dallas, erasing a 27-point deficit to move within one game of the Pelicans for the 10th spot in the West and the all-important final play-in position.

However, after the game there was considerable concern about LeBron James’ status going forward after he went down in the late third quarter with a right foot injury on a drive. James was heard on the broadcast telling Anthony Davis he heard a pop, but would tighten his shoe, walk it off, and stay in the game to help the Lakers’ comeback effort.

After the game, James had a bit of a limp and the Lakers said they would monitor how he was feeling, and on Monday we learned the injury was at least significant enough to keep him out of their next game in Memphis against the Grizzlies. The official injury report for L.A. had James listed as OUT with “right foot soreness” while D’Angelo Russell remains doubtful with an ankle sprain. Given the ground the Lakers still have to make up in the West, James’ status looms large for how they’ll navigate this closing stretch of the season. Facing the Grizzlies, who have found their stride again of late, without James is a tall task, but the optimistic view is he is choosing to sit out the first of a back-to-back and could return as soon as Wednesday. That is when the Lakers will face the Thunder in OKC and then have the Timberwolves on Friday back home in L.A., with every game against West foes crucial for their playoff and play-in hopes.