Published: Sun, February 03, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

LeBron on longest injury absence: 'Toughest stretch of my career'

LeBron on longest injury absence: 'Toughest stretch of my career'

The Los Angeles Lakers have officially started the process (at least we assume) to get a second superstar in Anthony Davis to play alongside LeBron James.

James has missed 17 games after straining his groin on Christmas Day against the Warriors.

Showing no sign of the injury that resulted in the longest absence of his 16-year career, LeBron James made a triumphant return to the court.

In his absence, the Lakers went 6-11, dropping from fourth to ninth in the Western Conference standings. The superstar almost recorded a triple-double as he scored 24 points, recorded 14 rebounds, and dished out nine assists.

Our point guard, Zo, got hurt, then me and Rondo basically got hurt the same game so he was out quite a bit.

James isn't the only injury problem the Lakers have. So, we'll see how he feels tomorrow and we'll take it from there.

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Lakers beat writer Tania Ganguli - who reports for the Los Angeles Times - said on Twitter ahead of tonight's match-up: "Before his injury, LeBron typically got to the Staples around 4:30 for home games".

James was averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists in 34 games this season prior to the game.

Lance Stephenson matched his career high with five 3-pointers on eight attempts and scored 20 points off the Lakers' bench. After the game, James said he felt good but admitted he's not quite back to full form just yet. He's still good, we get.

The Lakers led by seven with just under two minutes to play, but the Clippers erased the deficit on baskets by Williams and Marjanovic before Harris scored from near the right baseline. "When you've got guys like that out there, it's just wonderful".

‪On Wednesday, the organization had ruled him out for the contest, but he was upgraded to doubtful early Thursday.

He added: "This is where I can shut out everything, be out there with my guys, command my guys, and get a win on the road".

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