The Lakers have been struggling these days with out LeBron James, however Friday evening’s sport might mark the return of the four-time NBA MVP.
James, who has not performed since struggling a excessive proper ankle sprain on March 20, may very well be obtainable in opposition to the Kings, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. James had initially been listed as out for Friday’s contest on the Lakers’ damage report, however he was later upgraded to questionable.
The 36-year-old plans to check his ankle in warmups after which make a closing determination earlier than tipoff, per Wojnarowski. If James sits out in opposition to Sacramento, he might return as quickly as Sunday in opposition to the Raptors.
In 41 video games this season, James is averaging 25.4 factors, 7.9 rebounds and seven.9 assists whereas taking pictures 51.3 % from the sector and 36.8 % on 3-pointers. Los Angeles been in a position to preserve its elite protection regardless of James’ absence — the Lakers personal the fourth-best defensive rating within the league since he went down — however the offense has largely struggled with out his scoring and facilitating.
No. 5 Los Angeles has misplaced 4 of its previous 5 video games and is just two video games forward of No. 7 Portland within the Western Convention standings, which is vital this yr with the Nos. 7-10 groups in every convention taking part within the play-in match forward of the NBA playoffs. The Lakers have 10 video games remaining on their regular-season schedule, giving James a decent window to work himself again into form earlier than the Lakers start their quest for back-to-back championships.