LeBron James returns for Lakers against Clippers

05 February, 2019, 06:42 | Author: Nicole Aguilar
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LeBron James was announced out for tonight's game against the Los Angeles Clippers on Wednesday.

"I am at 80 percent right now, but I was good enough to feel confident to just keep pushing throughout the game", he said. Second quarter, I kind of ramped it up a little bit more than for the rest of the game. Their schedule is about to get very hard, so having their best player back in the lineup will be a major boost.

He added: "I'm not feeling particularly great right now, definitely ecstatic about being back out there with my guys, getting a great win versus a team who were climbing in the playoff race, but after being out for five weeks I'm feeling it right now". I'm very efficient and I take that personal. "This is the longest he's been without being able to help his team".

"Worked my ass off to get back to this point", James said. "It was the toughest stretch of my career not being out on the floor".

LeBron James may have missed 17 games, but his near triple-double performance against the Los Angeles Clippers led the Lakers to a 123-120 overtime win.

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The 15-time All-Star was averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists this season before he went down with the injury.

As he alluded to, James didn't shoot the ball particularly well from the perimeter.

The 16-time National Basketball Association champions went 6-11 during LeBron's absence, falling from fourth to ninth in the Western Conference rankings and remain one point behind the Clippers, who now hold the final playoff berth in the west.

The Lakers could be even more short-handed for their hallway series against the Clippers, with both Kyle Kuzma (hip) and Josh Hart (knee) listed as questionable; Kuzma, however, reported improvement.

The Lakers got Rajon Rondo back last week.

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