LeBron James not expected to play vs. Blazers Friday, aiming for return ‘next week’

LeBron James not anticipated to play vs. Blazers Friday, going for return ‘next week’ initially appeared on NBC Sports Northwest

When the Portland Path Sports jackets handle the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday at Moda Center, there’s a great chance Portland will deal with LA without its star, LeBron James.

James has actually been dealing with a high right ankle sprain for much of the season. The ankle injury sidelined him for 20 video games prior to his two-game return on April 30 and Might 2 vs. the Sacramento Kings and Toronto Raptors. Because that set of video games, the four-time NBA champ has actually been resting his ankle.

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While the Lakers have not yet ruled James out for Friday’s video game in Portland, Shams Charania of The Athletic and Arena reports James is not anticipated to go back to the Lakers lineup till next week.

“Sources tell me LeBron James is aiming for return to the Lakers lineup next week,” Charania stated. “I’m told the likely return scenario is Tuesday or Wednesday when the Lakers play the Knicks and Rockets at home. The Lakers and James won’t rush his return from this sore right ankle. They’ll make sure that when he does return, he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.”

Since Thursday afternoon, the Blazers are the seventh seed in the Western Conference (37-29) which suggests they are slated to take part in the play-in for the second-straight season.

Nevertheless, the Blazers are simply a video game out of 5th seed in the West, routing the Lakers and Mavericks who likewise wish to prevent the postseason play-in competition if possible.

With James anticipated to be sidelined vs. Portland, the Blazers have an unusual chance, in front of their very first video game of the season with fans, to snag a much-needed triumph to get them one action more detailed to that No. 5 seed. Here’s how they can arrive.

The Sports jackets invite the Lakers on Friday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. PT on NBC Sports NW, the main house of the Portland Path Sports Jackets. 

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.