Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James missed six weeks of action with a high ankle sprain he sustained on March 20, returned for two games but made his ankle worse in Sunday’s loss to the Toronto Raptors, and sitting out of monday’s game against the Denver Nuggets to fix the problem.

It looks like the four-time NBA champion won’t be playing this week.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that James is expected to miss Thursday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers and Friday’s showdown with the Portland Trail Blazers as he continues to rest his ankle before the playoffs. Wojnarowski added that the 36-year-old could stay on the sidelines for further contests depending on future ankle evaluations.

The Lakers welcome the Phoenix Suns to town on Sunday.

With no James available, the Lakers beat the Nuggets 93-89 to improve to 37-28 and move up to fifth place in the Western Conference standings. Clubs that finish the regular season in the top six places in the conference standings are avoiding the dreaded play-in tournament that James criticized on Sunday night. He also has suggested he will never “come back to 100%” in his career from the injury, so it’s understandable that the Lakers plan to proceed with caution.