LeBron James doubtful for Sunday vs. Denver with thoracic muscle strain

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This was unexpected.

LeBron James suffered a strained back in a loss to the Pacers, played through it Thursday against the Bucks, but now may be out Sunday night against the Nuggets, coach Frank Vogel said Saturday at practice.

A thoracic muscle strain is a strain of the middle or upper back. The treatment is primarily to rest.

How long it takes to heal depends on the severity of the strain, it could be days to weeks. With the LeBron carrying a heavy load for the Lakers on both ends, the silver lining is this gives his body a chance to recover while his back heals.