LeBron to miss Heat game because of illness

by Gordon Dixon - LeBron James will miss the Lakers' game against the Miami Heat on Wednesday because of an illness, the team announced.

LeBron James out for game vs. Heat with non-COVID illness 4:17 PM ET Dave McMenaminESPN Staff Writer Close Lakers and NBA reporter for ESPN. Covered the Lakers and NBA for ESPNLosAngeles.com from 2009-14, the Cavaliers from 2014-18 for ESPN.com and the NBA for NBA.com from 2005-09. LOS ANGELES -- LeBron James will miss the Lakers ' game against the Miami Heat on Wednesday because of an illness, the team announced. The illness is not COVID-19 related, the team clarified. Editor's Picks 'Super impressive' Lebron scores 43 in Lakers' win 2d Dave McMenamin James will have to put his hot play of late on pause. The 20-year veteran is coming off consecutive 40-point efforts since his 38th birthday, becoming the first player since Michael Jordan, at that age, to do so . In his last 11 games, James has averaged 34.5 points on 58.2% shooting and Los Angeles has gone 6-5. Eight of those games have been without Anthony Davis , who is out with a fractured bone spur and stress reaction in his right foot. Lonnie Walker IV will also miss his third straight game with a bruised tailbone, according to the Lakers. L.A. returned from a five-game road trip on Tuesday. The Lakers host the Heat on Wednesday and the Atlanta Hawks on Friday before going back on the road for a two-game trip in Sacramento on Saturday and Denver on Monday.