He was asked after the game if he would play when the Lakers return to the court on Thursday, but LeBron made no commitment.

"Probably could be. It depends on the healing process. So probably, but we'll see," he said.

It turns out that he didn't commit for a reason. The Lakers announced Thursday night that LeBron will face the Warriors with the same ankle problem.

Peroneal tendinosis is a condition in which some of the tendons on the outside of the ankle swell and ache, and is most often an injury from overuse. Treatment begins with rest, but to be fair, the 14 minutes LeBron played in the All-Star Game weren't exactly stressful. The Lakers' game against the Warriors on Thursday will be the first of back-to-back games and they will play at home against the Spurs on Friday night.

The Lakers will be without center Christian Wood for those games, who has been diagnosed with an effusion, a buildup of fluid in his left knee, and will be re-evaluated in two weeks. Add in Jarred Vanderbilt with a sprained midfoot and the Lakers will miss key parts of their rotation against the Warriors in a battle of teams trying to move up and out of the standings in the preliminary round. The Lakers are ninth in the All-Star break, while the Warriors are 10th.

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