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LeBron James injury update: Lakers star to return to lineup vs. Rockets on Wednesday

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LeBron James has reached the stage of his career where his night-to-night health is not always going to be guaranteed. On Monday, he was held out of the Los Angeles Lakers loss to the San Antonio Spurs with what head coach Frank Vogel described as “significant” soreness in his left knee. It’s the same knee that forced James to miss five games earlier in the season due to swelling.

Fortunately, the 37-year-old James will retake the floor on Wednesday when the Lakers battle the Houston Rockets, Lakers coach Frank Vogel confirmed pregame. His return was badly needed, as the Lakers scored a paltry 18 points in the fourth quarter of Monday’s loss without their leader down the stretch. Every game is critical as the Lakers desperately cling to a play-in spot, but that doesn’t mean the Lakers will be too bold in how they manage their aging superstar. 

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“[James’] health takes precedence over any matchup, any individual one game, for sure,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Tuesday. That’s a wise stance. The Lakers know the alternative all too well. When an aging Kobe Bryant was forced to carry a depleted Lakers…

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2022-03-09

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