LeBron James is being shut down — for now. And the Bucks will be without their biggest star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, among others for Tuesday night’s game.
James has been ruled out with groin soreness, the Lakers announced, while Antetokounmpo is nursing a sore ankle that had left him questionable for the game. He’s listed as day-to-day.
The Bucks announced that Antetokounmpo, Sterling Brown, Pau Gasol and Donte DiVincenzo are out Tuesday.
Meantime, the Los Angeles Times reports that Lance Stephenson will miss another game because of a sprained toe and Josh Hart is in jeopardy of sitting out, though the Lakers could get Tyson Chandler back.
LeBron James (sore left groin) is out for tonight’s game in Milwaukee.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 19, 2019
James played Sunday in the team’s third straight loss, to the Knicks, after being rested Friday against the Pistons.
With the Lakers on the verge of missing the playoffs for the sixth consecutive season, James’ playing time already had been reduced to a career-low 35.3 minutes per game.
According to The Athletic, Lakers coach Luke Walton said the team has not discussed shutting him down for the final stretch of the regular season.
The first-place Bucks (52-18) are slated to host the Lakers (31-39) at 8 p.m. ET.