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    LeBron James ready to return from injury in Lakers' next game

    Nov 14, 2022
    LeBron James, Anthony Davis
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    LOS ANGELES — LeBron James could return to the Los Angeles Lakers' lineup later this week as he recovers from a groin injury.

    James missed his second straight game with a left adductor strain when the Lakers hosted the Brooklyn Nets on Sunday [Monday, Manila time]. James is day-to-day with the strain, which occurred last Wednesday during the fourth quarter of the Clippers’ 114-101 victory over the Lakers.

    [READ: AD scores 37 as Lakers beat Nets to end slump]

    Coach Darvin Ham said James could return to the practice report by the middle of the week. The Lakers' next game isn't until Friday against the Detroit Pistons.

    “I think him being out is just as much precautionary. We're only 12 games into the season. There's 70 games left to be played here,” Ham said. “We have a favorable schedule where he can sit. We feel good about that, knowing he's had these days to not put any pressure on it, but strengthen it and treat it to the point where he's able to get back out there.”

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