The Los Angeles Lakers were starting to get going, winning three games in a row. But their superstar player is expected to be lost indefinitely following his latest win against the Dallas Mavericks.

LeBron James said he «heard a pop» in his right foot when he went down during the third quarter of a win over the Mavericks on Sunday. However, James would stay in the game to the end, finishing with 26 points, eight rebounds and three assists.

But according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Lakers expect James to miss «an extended period of time» with his foot injury.

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LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans on April 1, 2022 at Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles, California.

LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game against the New Orleans Pelicans on April 1, 2022 at Crypto.Com Arena in Los Angeles, California. (Adam Pantozzi/NBAE via Getty Images)

The Lakers don’t have a timeline for James’ return, leaving his time off the team «indefinite» at this point.

James was noticeably limping as he walked out of the arena Sunday after helping Los Angeles complete its 27-point comeback victory.

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Lakers head coach Darvin Ham initially said James was «fine» after the game but would undergo further tests. Those tests must have shown them something that’s keeping him on the bench for now.

“Our medical people are looking at it right now, and we’ll get a reassessment in the morning,” Ham said according to the OC Register.

James also revealed that his foot is wrapped in his instagram story. The caption of him was simply: «Fkn sucks!!!!»

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James sits on the bench during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Thursday, April 7, 2022.

Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James sits on the bench during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors in San Francisco, Thursday, April 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

At 38, James has kept the Lakers afloat this season with his averaging 29.5 points per game, as well as 8.4 rebounds and 6.9 assists. He also broke the all-time NBA scoring record, which he continues to climb with every game he’s on the court.

The Lakers have also done well since acquiring D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt in a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves to try to advance to the playoffs. The addition of Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards has also been a good choice.

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However, with Russell and Anthony Davis also on the day-to-day, the Lakers are suffering at the wrong time. They are currently the 12th seed in the Western Conference with 21 games to play.

The Lakers must be at least the 10th seed in the conference (entry tournament) to have any chance of reaching the first round toward the NBA Finals.

LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game on February 26, 2023 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the game on February 26, 2023 at the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas. (Glenn James/NBAE via Getty Images)

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His first game without James will be Tuesday night on the road against the No. 2-seeded Memphis Grizzlies.