Instead, it seems James' ever-changing timeline could be drastically worse than originally thought.
The Lakers medical staff examined James on Thursday with another update coming Wednesday.
The team also announced that another update would be provided on January 16, indicating that he's not expected to play for at least three more games.More news: Trump’s AG nominee William Barr: ‘Vitally important’ Mueller finish work
As Heavy.com's Brandon "Scoop B" Robinson reported, his injury is more complex than originally thought.
If the Lakers' issues without James were easy to predict, the Cavaliers' struggles without their hometown hero were even less surprising.More news: New Mustang Shelby GT500: the most powerful street-legal Ford ever made
Walton spoke about his team's mentality and believes they need to continue taking their shots and drop their head if they miss shots that one would normally expect them to make either from the three-point line or free throws. There is hope in Los Angeles that the basketball superstar will soon be making a grander appearance north of Figueroa at Staples Center. The New York Knick did the same a week prior when they ended their nine-game losing run with a 119-112 win over the Lakers.
James injured his groin on Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors.
The question will be whether James is cleared to return to play in his next evaluation, as their three games after that date are against the Thunder, Rockets, and Warriors, all of which they will certainly want LeBron in the lineup. The first victory came against the Dallas Mavericks on the road, defeating top NBA Rookie of the Year candidate Luka Doncic's squad 107-97. Kyle Kuzma erupted for 41 points to lead the way in the win.More news: ERC Reduces the Price of Petrol and Other Petroleum Products
But a matchup with the Cavs, and the potential return of James as early as Thursday's game at Oklahoma City, have the Lakers feeling optimistic. He will also miss Sunday's home game against his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Tuesday's game against the Chicago Bulls, at a minimum.