Adrian Benjamins and Neil Rochlani break down the five games from Tuesday night. LeBron has a great individual night but the Lakers lose to the Hawks. Avery Bradley has a monster night for his new…
February 19, 2019, 11:23 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
Joe Vardon of The Athletic is reporting that the Lakers are "somehow a little concerned" about LeBron James.
LeBron hasn’t been showing the same speed or overall movement lately and the team is concerned that he’s not fully recovered from the groin injury that cost him to miss a career-high 18 games. The Lakers are in the 10th place in the Western Conference, three games behind the Clippers for the eighth and final playoff spot and they will need LeBron to be healthy for the rest of the season. James is averaging 26.8 points, 8.6 rebounds and 7.6 assists in 35 minutes per game, while his shooting percentage (51 percent), 3-point percentage (35 percent) and free-throw percentage (68 percent) are all down from last season. He is still returning borderline top-15 value in standard leagues and owners can only hope he doesn’t suffer a setback.
Source: The Athletic
February 12, 2019, 10:08 pmLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James played 43 minutes and shot 8-for-20 from the field, 9-for-11 from the line, dropping 28 points with 11 boards, 16 assists, three steals, one block and three 3-pointers in a bad 116-111 loss to the Hawks on Tuesday.
The Lakers have officially reached rock-bottom. As a team desperate to make the postseason, they officially head in to the All-Star break with a sub .500 record of 28-29. Fortunately for fantasy owners, LeBron had a monster line. With the Lakers vying for a playoff spot, expect LeBron to gut it out and play as much as he can to will this team in to the postseason.
February 12, 2019, 6:11 pmLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James (load management/groin) is in the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. the Hawks.
No surprises here since James was listed as probable. Expect the usual from The King.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
February 11, 2019, 5:40 pmLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James is being listed as probable ahead of Tuesday's game, with "load management/groin" given as the reason.
James has been on the injury report for "load management" since returning from his groin injury, so the change in designation isn't something to completely ignore. That said, LeBron is probable and not questionable, so there's no reason to think that he's in danger of missing any more games unless the Lakers go the precautionary route.
February 10, 2019, 6:55 pmLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James delivered 18 points, 10 rebounds and nine assists while hitting 8-of-16 from the field and 2-of-6 from deep in Sunday's road loss.
James had no problems putting up a solid statline, but the Lakers have plenty of work to do on the other end after surrendering 143 points in regulation. Expect LeBron to post elite value when he's not having his load managed or whatever.
February 9, 2019, 3:53 pmLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James (load management) is probable for Sunday's game against the Sixers.
LeBron will likely have the "load management" tag for the rest of the season, but he's good for this contest. Make sure he's in your lineups.
Source: Ky Carlin on Twitter
February 7, 2019, 10:59 pmLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James put up a triple-double on Thursday with 28 points, 12 rebounds, 12 assists and chipped in three steals and five 3-pointers.
He went 11-for-21 from the floor but a measly 1-for-5 at the line. James dropped a triple-double and it seemed like light work. The Lakers are out of the playoff picture so you can bet King James is going to do everything in his power to drag this team into the playoff picture which means more big lines to come.
February 7, 2019, 11:28 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James (load management) will suit up against the Celtics on Thursday.
The Lakers are not aiming for the championship this year hence them being cautious on how they handle James. LeBron will have no minutes restriction tomorrow and should be ready to go to bring his squad to a victory.
Source: Joe Vardon on Twitter
February 6, 2019, 4:46 pmLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James (load management) is being listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Celtics.
James logged 30 minutes on Tuesday and while this designation is a bit frustrating with the Lakers fighting just to make the playoffs, they simply can't risk another injury here. LeBron should be expected to play tomorrow but perhaps we'll see him get more rest days down the stretch.
Source: Matthew Moreno on Twitter
February 5, 2019, 9:38 pmLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James shot 7-for-12 from the field for 18 points with seven boards, nine assists, one steal and two 3-pointers in 30 minutes in a loss to the Pacers on Tuesday.
The Lakers were trailing by 23 at halftime and never closed the gap, so the game went into blowout mode with several key players sitting most of the fourth quarter. LeBron had six turnovers, so he is clearly shaking some rust off. Expect the King to suit up for the Lakers next game at Boston on Thursday, with or without Anthony Davis.
February 5, 2019, 12:25 pmLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James (load management) will play without a minutes restriction on Tuesday.
Considering LeBron logged 40 minutes in his first game back, which came all the way back on Thursday, none of this is surprising. He's had a nice extended rest and we wouldn't expect to see many more load management days the rest of the way.
Source: Mike Trudell on Twitter
February 4, 2019, 5:39 pmLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James (load management) is probable ahead of Tuesday's game against the Pacers.
James got the night off on Saturday against the Warriors but should be good to go for this one. He'll be looking at his typical huge workload with the Lakers fighting to get back in the playoffs and should go right back to first-round production.
February 2, 2019, 7:12 pmLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James will not play in Saturday's game against the Warriors due to load management.
This one was unexpected as the Lakers were off on Friday and don't play again until Tuesday. Nonetheless, make sure James is out of your lineup. He may sit some back-to-backs in the near future until he is fully back from his injury.
Source: Chris Haynes on Twitter
February 1, 2019, 1:45 amLeBron James - F - Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James had a full line against the Clippers on Thursday with 24 points on 9-of-22 shooting with a 3-pointer, 14 rebounds, nine assists and a steal.
James returned from the longest absence of his career due to a groin injury and stepped right into his usual role. The Lakers noticeably put him in the post a lot more tonight and he ended up with a decent line even though he was held to five points at the half. The 3-point shooting was way down tonight but it was expected as he didn't have the same lift from pre-groin injury. We'll give him a pass on the subpar shooting and say it's due to rust but his next task of taking on the Warriors on Saturday won't make things any easier.