NBA LeBron James Cleared to Return to Practice 10 hours ago 1729

NBA LeBron James Cleared to Return to Practice 10 hours ago 1729

In the absence of their star man, the Los Angeles Lakers got back to winning ways but the prognosis of LeBron James' injury return doesn't sound positive.

With Russell Westbrook racing towards the corner, Lonzo Ball attempted to foul Westbrook on the floor to prevent him from launching a potential game-tying three. The referees ruled it in the shooting motion and awarded Westbrook three free throws, which he converted sending the game to overtime.

The Thunder broke their franchise record for 3-pointers made in a game with Ferguson knocking down a team-high six 3-pointers.

The foul call drew the attention of Lakers superstar LeBron James, who's now out of action with a groin strain.

He should prepare for a fine from the league.

The Lakers outscored Oklahoma City 16-6 in overtime to pick up a huge road win, 138-128.

Heck, James himself doesn't have much say here.

James suffered a groin strain December 25 and will not join the Lakers on an upcoming two-game road trip.

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker had 30 points, eight assists and two rebounds in a 111-109 loss to the Toronto Raptors. But instead of hanging his head, Ball said: "Just wash it off".

The 11-year veteran scored five points and had two assists and two rebounds in the win.

"At one point a month ago, they were dangling Lonzo [Ball] a little bit, but now they don't want to trade him", one of the execs said.
Josh Hart leads the team in 3-point percentage, but as a young player is still inconsistent and unable to carry the team.

These teams last met a couple of weeks ago on Jan 2 and it was the Thunder who won by 107-100 at Los Angeles behind 37 points from George. "Even if the front office tandem of Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka held Walton responsible for the Lakers' swoon and wanted to make an in-season change, Buss nearly certainly would prevent such rashness".

Adams and the Thunder travel to Philadelphia to face the 76ers in their next game on Sunday (NZ time).

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