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James ’50-50′ to return to Lakers lineup for next game

The Los Angeles Lakers fell to the defending champion Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, without their superstar LeBron James.

James is working towards his return from an abdominal injury that has sidelined him for the last eight games.

Following the Lakers 109-102 loss in Milwaukee, James told ESPN he ‘hopes’ to be ready Friday as Los Angeles visits Boston for their second matchup in a five-game road trip.

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The Lakers are now 4-6 since the superstar’s absence but remain optimistic that he will be ready to go soon. Prior to Wednesday’s game, James took to the court with assistant coach Phil Handy for his pregame routine despite not playing in the game.

LeBron James remains out against Milwaukee but is getting his pregame work in with Phil Handy. This will mark the eighth straight games James has missed since Nov. 2 pic.twitter.com/NZ88L33lD6

— Bill Oram (@billoram) November 17, 2021

The four-time MVP has played in just six games for the Lakers this season, averaging 24.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 7 assists.

While there is a ’50-50′ chance James makes his return Friday as the Lakers battle the Celtics in one of the most celebrated rivalry matchups in sports, Los Angeles will continue to depend on the output of their other two superstars in Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook to bounce back after Wednesday’s defeat.