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LeBron out Wednesday vs. Bucks, reported hope he can return Friday vs. Celtics

After bringing an NBA title to the Bucks, Giannis Antetokounmpo admits the next challenge might not be in Milwaukee. Michael Smith and Michael Holley assess the likelihood Giannis leaves or if it's an overreaction.

The abdominal strain that kept LeBron James in street clothes for eight games will keep him out Wednesday against the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks, the Lakers announced Tuesday.

However, there is hope he could return Friday when the Lakers are in Boston, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

LeBron is averaging 25.8 points and seven assists a game. More importantly, without him the Lakers’ halfcourt offense has been a disaster (89 points per 100 possessions, which would be worst in the league for a team). Put more simply, the Lakers have outscored opponents by 3.2 points per 100 possessions when LeBron is on the court and gotten outscored by 5.2 per 100 when he sits.

The Lakers have gone 8-7 through the soft part of their schedule, but it gets tougher starting with the Bucks Wednesday and through an East Coast road swing.