LeBron James May Be Back Next Week

LeBron James could return from his high right ankle sprain as early as next week, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said on Saturday’s pre-game show (hat tip to Justin Benjamin of Lakers Daily).

Wojnarowski was talking about Anthony Davis‘ minutes restriction in his second game since returning from his injuries and said Davis’ playing time will “start ramping up as we get closer to LeBron James’ return, which could be as soon as the following week.”

Woj’s outlook is much more optimistic than a report on Tuesday suggesting that James could still be weeks away from playing again.

James hasn’t played since hurting the ankle on March 20 in a collision with Hawks forward Solomon Hill, who was diving on the floor for a loose ball. James stayed in the game briefly, but an MRI showed the damage was significant.

The Lakers are 7-10 since James was injured and have fallen into a tight race for fifth place in the Western Conference.

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