James hasn’t played since Christmas day, when he injured his groin during a Lakers blowout victory against the Warriors. He’s missed 17 straight games, including when the Warriors exacted their revenge with a blowout victory of their own earlier this month.
But James is nearing a return. And with the Lakers taking on the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night, James has officially been upgraded to “doubtful.”
LeBron has been changed from out to doubtful, the Lakers say. That’s an upgrade!— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) January 31, 2019
LeBron James is officially listed as Doubtful for tonight's game against the Clippers. pic.twitter.com/5j5KeZLXf0— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 31, 2019
James is back to practicing, and the upgrade in his status means that he should be back on the court sooner rather than later. There’s no denying that he would love to return against the Warriors, the team he’s faced in the last four NBA Finals, in a nationally-televised contest.
The Lakers would, of course, love to have him back as well. With James in the lineup Los Angeles has gone 20-14 - since he’s been out, they’ve gone a mere 6-11.
UPDATE: James has been upgraded from “doubtful” and will make his return against the Clippers. Barring a setback, he will play on Saturday.