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No talks about shutting down LeBron

Luke Walton, Los Angeles Lakers coach, said he has not talked to LeBron James about the four-time MVP being closed for the remainder of the season.

James had the match between the Milwaukee-Bucks and the Lakers due Tuesday for a sore left groin. He missed this season a month ago due to a strain on the groin muscles.

"We're a much better team when he's down," Walton said Tuesday. "I'm looking forward to being out there again."

After 12 games, the Lakers play the LA Clippers with 9.5 games for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff spot, which is James & #'s personal Word means series with 13 consecutive appearances in a row and eight consecutive NBA finals are far from finished.

James scores an average of 27.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists this season. He had 33 points in the 1

24-123 defeat on Sunday against the Knicks in which he had his worst shooting pitch as a pro.

If he fails on Tuesday, James will have three days of rest before joining Lakers at home on Friday at the Brooklyn Nets.

MVP leader and Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo was also injured on Tuesday.

Antetokounmpo turned his ankle and collapsed along with Joel Embiid during the Sunday injury to Philadelphia 76ers. He stayed on the floor for almost a minute, holding his right ankle before recovering to his feet.

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He finished the game with a career-high 52 points, but left the arena with a protective sleeve on his ankle under his sock.

Mike Muscala launched in James' place against the Bucks

The Bucks were also without Donte DiVincenzo (heel), Pau Gasol and Sterling Brown (wrist) for the game on Tuesday.

Malica Andrews and Dave McMenamin of ESPN contributed to this report.

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