NBA Injury Report: LeBron James Still Questionable, Fred VanVleet Upgraded to Questionable and More Updates on Pascal Siakam and Scottie Barnes

Four-time NBA MVP LeBron James remains in doubt for the LA Lakers on the second night of a back-to-back against the San Antonio Spurs. After missing the previous five games, James returned last night and helped the Lakers beat the Spurs.

“King James” played for 33 minutes and showed no signs of the left adductor strain that previously kept him out of the Lakers lineup. He finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. LA defeated San Antonio by 16 points as the 18x NBA All-Star was on the ground.

After the game, LeBron James told the media that he felt “pretty good”. He was just a little mad that he went on a game-high nine turnover. The Lakers superstar blamed the time off as the reason for the mistakes, saying he wasn’t having his usual rhythm with his passes.

LeBron says he felt “pretty good” after scoring 21 points on his return to the field after missing the previous five games.

The Lakers will see how he feels after the morning’s shoot-around and go from there. However, James told the media that “there’s a big chance” he will play, even if it’s a back-to-back, as he hasn’t played in two weeks.

Meanwhile, former NBA champion Fred VanVleet has been upgraded to dubious by the Toronto Raptors. The point guard did not play against the Brooklyn Nets last Wednesday due to a non-Covid-related illness.

However, VanVleet was a full participant in the Raptors’ most recent practice, giving the team hope that he could return tonight against the Dallas Mavericks. The Raptors, who are on a two-game slide, will need VanVleet’s presence to end the losing streak.

“Steady Freddy” has an average of 18 points remaining with career highs in assists (6.8) and steals (1.9) in 12 games for the Raptors. Without Pascal Siakam and with Scottie Barnes in and out of the lineup, VanVleet has been more aggressive in recent games.

Malachi Flynn could start again for the Toronto Raptors if Fred VanVleet remains sidelined.

Pascal Siakam: right adductor strain; Injured since November 4, 2022

Pascal Siakam could return for the Toronto Raptors next week.
Pascal Siakam could return for the Toronto Raptors next week.

Pascal Siakam, winner of the 2018-19 NBA Most Improved Player, has already missed the Toronto Raptors’ last nine games. He has been dealing with a right adductor strain but has responded to treatment. Siakam was reportedly a full practice participant last Friday.

However, the Raptors will continue to be extra careful with the 2019 NBA champion. He has already been cleared for practice contact and will continue to ramp up his fitness. Siakam is expected to return next week.

Nick Nurse says Pascal Siakam will return next week

Before the injury, “Spicy P” was playing the best basketball of his career. He scores career highs (24.8), rebounding (9.3) and assists (7.7).

The injury-plagued Toronto Raptors could certainly use those stats as they try to keep their heads above water.

Scottie Barnes: left knee sprain; Injured since November 19, 2022

Scottie Barnes will miss his second game tonight.
Scottie Barnes will miss his second game tonight.

Reigning NBA Rookie of the Year winner Scottie Barnes is struggling with a sprained left knee. He suffered the injury on November 19 against the Atlanta Hawks, which forced him to miss last Wednesday’s game against the Brooklyn Nets.

Barnes will now miss his second game in a row as he is ruled out when Toronto hosts Dallas tonight. The absence of the former Florida state standout will give coach Nick Nurse even more headaches. Toronto will not have the services of Pascal Siakam, Precious Achiuwa, Otto Porter Jr. and others.

Raptors ruled out Scottie Barnes (knee sprain) vs. Dallas.

Scottie Barnes could return on Monday when the Toronto Raptors host the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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