LeBron James Could Return From Injury to Face Cavs

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James suffered a strained groin on Christmas Day against Golden State.

The team needs James back quickly, as the team is 1-4 since his injury and have a record of 21-18.

LeBron James remains sidelined and will not travel with the Los Angeles Lakers on their two-game trip to face the Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks. After a few losses in a row, head coach Luke Walton called out his two young players, saying they needed to be better. The next possible return point for LeBron would be January 11th against the Utah Jazz. He averaged 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game with the Lakers. Dallas then opened the third quarter with consecutive turnovers, and Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, who returned to the lineup and scored 13 points, drained a pair of 3-pointers to start the run. At some point, we need more passion, we need more fight.

How do their struggles change the perception of them going forward as prospects and what impact could that shift make on the upcoming trade deadline? "It's been frustrating, no doubt about it". During the six-game stretch he's shooting 42.2 percent from the field and 23.1 percent from beyond the arc with more turnovers (21) than assists (20) and almost as many shots (102) as points (111). The Los Angeles Lakers are averaging 112.3 points on 47.4 percent shooting and allowing 111.4 points on 44.6 percent shooting.

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Dallas' defense has also been a problem too. Competing at every possession, we can't afford to take possessions off at this point. All five were in the negative while on the floor at Philadelphia, with Doncic and Barnes each a minus-18 in their 26-plus minutes.

The Mavericks have covered the spread in their last six games following a loss and in 19 of their last 26 home games.

The Lakers made a concerted effort to hold onto Ingram over the offseason instead of trading him for an established star like Kawhi Leonard.

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