LeBron James has a 50-50 shot to return from the abdominal strain that has sidelined him for two weeks on Friday. The Los Angeles Lakers are set to take on the Boston Celtics in Boston. The team has been struggling in the absence of King James, sitting on an unimpressive 8-8 record on the season.

Dave McMenamin of ESPN reported the news after the Lakers lost another one to the Milwaukee Bucks. LeBron said he hoped he could be back in the lineup. Sources close to Lakers coach Frank Vogel say the superstar has a 50% chance to go.

LeBron James could provide the spark needed for L.A. to get back on track. James is a Celtics killer. His 29.1 points per game average in Boston is better than any other road team he’s played against except for his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers.

LeBron did participate in a workout before Wednesday’s 109-102 loss to Milwaukee. He needed to take several breaks as he appeared to suffer discomfort with the injured abdominal muscle. Vogel says it’s still day-to-day.

“I was hoping he was going to play each of the last seven games or whatever it’s been since he’s been out. I always hope he’s going to play. I’m always optimistic. He’s still day to day. No decisions are made.”

Without LeBron James in the lineup, the Lakers are a paltry 4-6. When he plays, they sport a much nicer 4-2 record. Obviously, this team needs LeBron. He’s hoping November 19 is the date.

Michael Perry

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