LOS ANGELES -- Lakers star LeBron James will miss at least one week due to an abdominal strain, according to ESPN's Thursday report.
The team has already ruled out James for Thursday's match against the Oklahoma City Thunder. A source close to the injury informed ESPN that James' medical staff "wants time" in his recovery.
Next month, the 37-year-old veteran has missed two of the Lakers' eight first games, despite their 5-3 start to this season.
Sources told ESPN that James aggravated the injury in Tuesday's 119 to117 win over Houston Rockets.
He averages 24.8 points per 46.7% shooting, his lowest percentage since his rookie season. Additionally, he has 7 assists and 5 rebounds per game.
Los Angeles will travel to Portland on Saturday to face the Trail Blazers. On Monday, the Charlotte Hornets and Miami Heat will play home. Wednesday's game against the Trail Blazers is followed by Friday's home games against Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Heat, and the Miami Heat.