Published: Tue, February 05, 2019
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

LeBron James Won't Play For The Lakers On Thursday Against The Clippers

LeBron James Won't Play For The Lakers On Thursday Against The Clippers

The Los Angeles Lakers forward made a triumphant return after 36 days on the sidelines, leading his team to a 123-120 overtime win over the Clippers.

This season, James is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game.

"Definitely ecstatic about being back out there with my guys, but being out five weeks, I'm feeling it right now", James said afterward.

When the Lakers first saw the Clippers in December, James had just suffered his groin injury.

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James' return couldn't come soon enough for the Lakers, who have gone into a tailspin without him.

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Brandon Ingram (19 points) and Rajon Rondo (14 points, 13 assists) also stood out for the winners. But it was great to be back out there.

"I haven't felt like this in a long time", he said. The current injury stint has been the longest James' 16-year National Basketball Association career.

"I just tried to stay as positive as possible", the three-time National Basketball Association champion said.

"That's the tell-tale sign for me is how my body feels after having to play 40 minutes unfortunately, with the overtime".

"I wasn't positive every day through this whole process". Tonight marks the start of a six-game road trip for Los Angeles, with the first five opponents all now playoff teams. "The most I've sat out was two weeks". He was originally listed as out but was upgraded to doubtful earlier in the day.

"That's the frustrating part, you're seeing your team struggle and you know much you can help them but you can't do anything in a suit and tie, that's where the negativity starts to creep into the mind".

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