LeBron James Scheduled To Return Tonight Against Clippers

LeBron James Scheduled To Return Tonight Against Clippers

James didn't skip a beat in the first game back from the longest absence of his career.

But James described his 36-day absence some of the darkest days of his career.

LeBron James may have missed 17 games, but his near triple-double performance against the Los Angeles Clippers led the Lakers to a 123-120 overtime win.

The Lakers had initially ruled James doubtful on Wednesday, but his status was upgraded to doubtful early on Thursday.

"I am at 80 percent right now".

"I'll gain my rhythm as the season continues, and I'm looking forward to seeing how I feel tomorrow".

The Lakers could be even more short-handed for their hallway series against the Clippers, with both Kyle Kuzma (hip) and Josh Hart (knee) listed as questionable; Kuzma, however, reported improvement.

"We got stops and we made some timely shots", said James. Everybody was huge. It is going to be different guys every night for our team.

While having LeBron back on the floor is a must for the Lakers if they want to make the playoffs, his overall health is the most important thing for the team.

LeBron scored 53.3 FanDuel points in the win. The Lakers are 6-11 in that span.

James missed almost five weeks with a left groin strain. The losing skid dropped them to the ninth seed from the fourth seed. After the game, James said he felt good but admitted he's not quite back to full form just yet.

Calling him "the greatest player on the planet", centre Tyson Chandler, who scored four points, hailed the 34-year-old James for "bringing his superpowers".

The Clippers were already without second-leading scorer Danilo Gallinari, who sat out his seventh consecutive game because of a back injury.

Williams couldn't get a potential tying three-pointer off in the right corner before the final buzzer sounded.

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