There is optimism that Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, who has been out for two weeks with an abdominal strain, could return against the Boston Celtics on Friday, sources told ESPN.
James has made progress on his comeback and Friday’s game with the Celtics (7:30 PM, ESPN Deportes) is shaping up to be the goal for him to rejoin the Lakers’ lineup.
James, 36, has started to resume individual workouts in recent days, Lakers coach Frank Vogel said Sunday.
James has missed nine games this season, including two with a sprained ankle, and the Lakers are desperate to get him back. The Lakers begin a five-game road trip Wednesday in Milwaukee against the Bucks.
The Lakers are 8-7 and lost 121-103 Monday to the Chicago Bulls at Staples Center.