Lakers’ LeBron James Expected to Return vs. Spurs

Lakers star LeBron James is expected to return for Friday’s road game vs. the Spurs after missing the last five with an adductor injury, per Chris Haynes of Bleacher Report/TNT.LeBron James Caris LeVert

The Lakers (5-11) have gone 3-2 in that stretch, with their three-game winning streak snapped Tuesday in Phoenix.

James took part in the non-contact portion of practice earlier this week, per Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet, and has clearly done more since then.

James, 37, was forced to exit a loss to the Clippers on Nov. 9 with what the team initially called leg soreness. It happened with just less than 6 minutes left in the fourth quarter after he attempted to post up Clippers forward Paul George.

“I mean it’s just a lot of adversity,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said at the time. “[James] has been trying his heart out just to be there for us and play at a high level. I thought he had it going really, really well tonight. But it just is something that it’s the NBA season, man. You got to be ready for a little bit of everything.”

James is averaging 24.9 points through 10 games, his lowest scoring average since his rookie year of 2003-04. He is also shooting a career-worst 24 percent on 3-pointers, though clearly, the sample size is small.

Along with his scoring, he has compiled averages of 8.8 rebounds and 6.9 assists, both up from last season.

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