James did not accompany the team on its flight to Sacramento, California, after a 114-104home loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night, according to a team spokesperson.
He will still report to Atlanta this weekend to participate in his 17th straight All-Star Game, a source told ESPN, confirming a report by The Athletic.
Heading into the Suns game, James was listed as probable with a left ankle sprain, an injury he suffered earlier in the season. He will receive treatment while he is in L.A., according to the team.
James, 36, had played in all 36 games for the defending champs this season, averaging 25.8 points, 8.0 rebounds and 7.8 assists.
L.A. was short-handed for the second night of its back-to-back in Sacramento, as Anthony Davis (right leg),Marc Gasol(health and safety protocols) andAlex Caruso(neck spasms) also were ruled out. Kyle Kuzma (bruised right heel) wasa game-time decision but played. He was joined in the starting lineup byDamian Jones, Dennis Schroder, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Markieff Morris.
LeBron flips in circus shot for and-1 bucket
LeBron James gets Deandre Ayton off balance and finishes with a nifty layup.