LeBron James (ankle) out vs. Spurs as Los Angeles Lakers take 'marathon approach'

SAN ANTONIO -- LeBron Jam will not be playing in Tuesday's Los Angeles Lakers game against the Spurs because of a sore right leg, the team announced.
When asked about James' injury by the Lakers coach Frank Vogel he said that they are taking a "marathon approach" to it. Malik Monk will replace James on Tuesday night, and Rajon Rondo will be back in the rotation.

James sustained the injury during Sunday's win over the Memphis Grizzlies. Desmond Bane, James' right leg, fell into James's after scoring a layup. James had to fall to the ground.

James was evaluated by the team medical staff and he was decided to remain on the court. James didn't test his ankle on Tuesday.

Vogel stated that James did not injure his injury and missed 26 games.

"Same ankle. Different spot. Different injury," Vogel said.

L.A. will play the second leg in a back-toback Wednesday in Oklahoma City. Vogel didn't rule out James' return against Thunder.

"Questionable. Vogel stated, "We'll see how he feels." He's only day to day. Tomorrow, he'll be evaluated again and will determine if there is any soreness.

Through the Lakers' 1-2 start, James, 36, has averaged 26 points, 6.3 boards, and 5.3 assists.