Lakers await LeBron's return, close out roadtrip against MVP-favorite James Harden

Sunday, 20 Jan, 2019

Thunder: Backup center Nerlens Noel returned after sitting out three games while in concussion protocol.

"He didn't do the up-and-down stuff", Walton said Tuesday, as quoted by the Los Angeles Times.

LeBron James should probably think twice before complaining to National Basketball Association officials about Russell Westbrook getting a borderline call his way.

The Lakers face the Thunder and Houston Rockets on Thursday and Saturday respectively.

With LeBron James still recovering from a groin injury and Rajon Rondo out, Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma overturned a 17-point deficit on the road in Oklahoma City on Thursday night and put the Lakers in position to win a thriller in regulation.

Ivica Zubac scored a career-high 26 points and Lonzo Ball added 18 points and 10 assists for the Lakers, who improved to 5-7 without their injured star.

Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker had 30 points, eight assists and two rebounds in a 111-109 loss to the Toronto Raptors.

But the Lakers have confirmed James will miss both games in the hope of resuming training next week.

Beasley finished with five points, two assists and two rebounds in his nine minutes of action, to go along with his Shaqtin' A Fool moment.

The Lakers beat the lowly Chicago Bulls this week in a game that might have saved Luke Walton's job as head coach.

The Lakers brought in LeBron James in the offseason, with the small forward signing a four-year deal after opting out of his contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers. "We're going to do what's best for him".

Yes, the Thunder hit a team record in 3-point shots and lost. It was the first time since the injury he took part in a lengthy session leading to expectations that he will get the all clear from the medical staff.

Of course with the Golden State Warriors being as good as they are, LA needs to make sure they can knock them off with a strong core of their own. His overall return date to the starting lineup is unknown and he will most likely miss next Monday's game against Kevin Durant the Golden State Warriors.