Pacific Notes: James, Lakers, Clippers, Durant

Lakers star LeBron James has shed the protective boot on his right foot, according to Kyle Goon of the Orange Country Register. It’s a sign of progress for James, who suffered a tendon injury on Feb. 26. It’s also an indication that James could return to action before the end of the season, assuming the Lakers remain in the postseason race.

“Everything is going according to plan,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham said.

We have more from the Pacific Division:

  • A loss to the Knicks on Sunday prevented the Lakers from reaching the .500 mark for the first time this season. Ham said time is running out in their postseason push, Dan Woike of the Los Angeles Times relays. “We have time, but we can’t waste any more time,” Ham said. “We can’t waste any more games.”
  • The Clippers are feeling a lot better about themselves after winning three straight following a five-game slide, Janis Carr of the Orange County Register writes. “We took ownership of where this ship is going,” forward Paul George said. “Everybody’s dialed in to do their job. We’re sailing a lot smoother now. We’re kind of going downhill now so we are going to keep riding this thing and just keep tacking on and learning as we go.”
  • It’s unknown whether Kevin Durant will be back in the regular season but if the postseason were already upon us, he’d be toughing it out, Suns GM James Jones told Duane Rankin of the Arizona Republic (Twitter link). “It’s the type of thing that if the playoffs were to start today, he’d be out there. He’d be struggling a little bit,” Jones said.
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