F - LAL
LeBron James recorded 17 points (6-13 FG, 2-5 3PT, 3-3 FT), four assists, and three rebounds over limited minutes in Thursday's loss to the Kings.
The Lakers have the top seed locked in so there was no reason for James to play more than he had to. He will lead the Lakers in a hopeful championship run as the Western Conference's top team.
LeBron James led all scorers in Monday night’s 123-121 win over the Nuggets, netting 29 points (9-21 FG, 5-11 3PT, 6-10 FT) along with 12 assists, one rebound, two blocks, and five turnovers across 38 minutes of play.
James is not 100 percent but labored through a groin injury to produce a solid double-double for DFS owners tonight. The Lakers already clinched the top-seed in the West, but it was clear James was determined to get the Lakers back on track after falling to 2-4 in the bubble before getting the win over the Nuggets. James looks like he's in playoff form, playing 38 minutes while doling out his highest assist total since being in the Bubble. With one game left on the schedule, DFS players should expect James to see limited minutes or even sit out against the lowly Kings on Thursday.
LeBron James returned to the starting lineup on Saturday and produced 31 points on 13-of-24 shooting from the field, along with eight rebounds, seven assists, one block, two triples, and three free-throws across 35 minutes in a 116-111 loss to the Indiana Pacers.
James didn't get much support tonight aside from Quinn Cook contributing 21 bench points. Surprisingly, no other player in the starting unit hit double-figures - most notably Anthony Davis. The loss tonight puts the Lakers at 2-4 in the bubble and they have lost three straight games in the process. Still, the Lakers clinched the top-seed in the West, and it wouldn't be a shock to see James and AD rest within the next two games to close out the regular season. James will undoubtedly have to elevate his game to carry the Lakers in the playoffs with Anthony Davis struggling. With seemingly nothing left to play for, DFS players will need to double-check the injury reports come Monday and next Thursday to make sure James is going to play.
Chris Haynes is reporting that Lakers star LeBron James will play Saturday against the Pacers.
After sitting out Thursday's loss to the Rockets while nursing a groin injury, it appears LeBron is ready to return to the lineup. With the Lakers dropping three of their first five games in the bubble, it will be important for LeBron and the Lakers to find some sort of rhythm heading into the playoffs later in August. His return will push Quinn Cook back to the bench.
LeBron James talked to reporters after the Lakers' 97-113 loss to the Houston Rockets, to tell them that there is 'something going on' with the team. James told reporters that the issues were off the court. He also stated that those issues were out of his control and that he'd 'rather not discuss' them.
The Lakers have looked sluggish during the NBA restart losing four of their first five games. James is hinting at some off the court issues, but was not going to get into specifics. This could be a more serious issue than normal as off court issues could refer to players leaving the bubble. If that were the case, then those players would have to quarantine and would miss games. James has a history of being a little too open with reporters and he could be using this to scare his teammates into playing smarter. If the Lakers can get back to winning, all of these 'off court' issues will surely disappear, until then don't be surprised if James continues to mention some ongoing issues with the Lakers team.