The Lakers have struggled lately without LeBron James, but Friday night’s game could mark the return of the quadruple NBA MVP.
James, who hasn’t played since suffering a sprained high right ankle on March 20, could be available against the Kings, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. James was originally listed as absent for Friday’s contest over the Lakers injury report, but was later on updated in doubtful.
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The 36-year-old plans to test his ankle during warm-ups and then make a final decision ahead of the prediction, per Wojnarowski. If James sits against Sacramento, he could come back as early as Sunday against the Raptors.
In 41 games this season, James is averaging 25.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.9 assists while shooting 51.3% from the field and 36.8% from 3 points. Los Angeles have been able to maintain their elite defense despite James being absent – the Lakers have the league’s fourth-best defensive rating since his fall – but the offense has largely struggled without its goal and facilitation.
The No.5 Los Angeles has lost four of its last five games and is just two games ahead of No.7 Portland in the Western Conference standings, which is essential this year with the No. ° 7 to 10 from each conference participating in the game. -In tournament before the NBA playoffs. The Lakers have 10 games left on their regular season schedule, which gives James a tight window to get back into shape before the Lakers begin their quest for back-to-back championships.