James (ankle) will not play in Tuesday's game against the Spurs, Bill Oram of The Athletic reports. Coach Frank Vogel told reporters pregame that James did not aggravate the same high-ankle sprain from last season, but rather the ankle is "sore in a different spot."
The Scoop: James was downgraded from probable to questionable earlier in the day, and he'll now miss Tuesday's game due to lingering soreness in his right ankle -- the same one that hampered him over the second half of last season. According to Mike Trudell of the Lakers' official site, coach Frank Vogel said James is questionable for Wednesday's game at Oklahoma City, which is Los Angeles' first back-to-back set of the season. James re-injured the ankle during the first half of Sunday's win over Memphis when he collided with Desmond Bane. While James was able to remain in the game, he admitted afterward that he was dealing with considerable discomfort. While any right ankle issue is a concern for James, the Lakers don't appear to be bracing for him to miss more than a game or two.
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