LeBron to sit out vs. Spurs with sore right ankle

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SAN ANTONIO — LeBron James will not play in the Los Angeles Lakers’ game against the Spurs on Tuesday because of a sore right ankle, the team announced.

Lakers coach Frank Vogel, when asked about James’ injury, said the team is taking “a marathon approach” with him. Malik Monk will start in James’ place Tuesday night.

James suffered the injury in Sunday’s win against the Memphis Grizzlies when Desmond Bane fell into James’ right leg after scoring a layup, causing James to go to the floor.

James missed 26 games last season with a high right ankle sprain.

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