The Lakers fly to Utah on Thursday for a game against the Jazz on Friday.
The 34-year-old Lakers star has not played since straining his groin against the Warriors on December 25.
Christmas can be expensive, something the Los Angeles Lakers know all too well. The Lakers recent struggles are now a thing of the past and fans of the team now have an exciting future to look forward to.
The four-time MVP was evaluated by L.A.'s team medical staff Thursday and it was determined "the healing of James' groin injury is progressing", per the Lakers. The 34-year-old leads the Lakers in scoring (27.3), rebounds (8.3) and assists (7.1). We haven't really had that much of an opportunity to do that. "We got make shots, we got to make free throws", Walton said during his post-match press conference. The most optimistic timeline would have James returning for the Lakers matchup with the Oklahoma City Thunder next Thursday. Hart has also improved his points per game tally to 9.4 and is also averaging nearly twice as many steals and blocks when compared to his stats for the 2017/18 season.
"As the season gets further and further down the road, those, 'Hey, let's try this during a game, ' is going to get less and less because we're going to be in a pretty nasty for who gets in and who's not in. We need more passion, we need more fight". I'm kind of a realist when it comes to that. I believe the very, very special ones, the unique ones, gladly take on that challenge, and they relish it.
As of Saturday, the Cavs' 113.7 points per game allowed was still better than seven other teams, but their point differential of minus-11 was worst among all 30 teams.
But since then, the Lakers dropped five of their next six games, following.
Those are good signs for the Lakers, who know they could use a victory. Los Angeles then will host the Golden State Warriors on January 21.
Even so, after reaching a third-straight Finals alongside James in 2017, Irving wanted out and he and his representatives had a meeting with Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert to deliver the news.