LeBron James returns to lead the Lakers past the Clippers

LeBron James returns to lead the Lakers past the Clippers

LeBron James returns to lead the Lakers past the Clippers

After being sidelined more than a month with a groin injury, LeBron James is set to make his return tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers.

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

Even without James and Rajon Rondo, they managed to stick around and make the game interesting, however, they ultimately lost the Clips 118-107.

"I haven't felt like this in a long time", he said.

James' return could not come soon enough for the Lakers, who have gone into a tailspin.

"Definitely ecstatic about being back out there with my guys, but being out five weeks, I'm feeling it right now", James said afterward. I want to see how my body reacts tomorrow.

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The 34-year-old also added 14 rebounds and nine assists in the win, finishing an assist shy of a triple-double, and he believes the Lakers can put themselves back in the postseason conversation once he gets back to full fitness. "I told our coaches then, he's in".

"I've never been injured before like that, the most I've ever sat out was two weeks when I broke my wrist in high school as a junior".

Yet as far as his teammates are concerned, a half-fit James is infinitely better than an absent James after going into a tailspin without him, dropping from fourth to ninth in the West after a 6-11 run.

Coming off a career-high 36 points against the Philadelphia 76ers, Ingram showed he was capable of playing alongside James and finished with 19 points, four rebounds and four assists in 44 minutes.

Lance Stephenson #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates his three pointer during a 123-120 win over the LA Clippers at Staples Center on January 31 in Los Angeles, California.

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