LeBron James could return to the Lakers’ lineup just in time to face the Knicks.
James is planning to play against the Knicks in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. If he is held out one more game, he’d return on Wednesday against the Rockets.
The 36-year-old missed 20 games after suffering a high right ankle sprain against the Hawks on March 20. He came back on April 30 against the Kings and played two games before the ankle forced him out again. He has since missed four more contests.
The Knicks, who have the same 38-30 record as the Lakers, are wrapping up a six-game road trip Tuesday amid their quest to secure the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference; they’re up one game on both Atlanta and Miami. After back-to-back losses in Denver and Phoenix they rebounded with a win Sunday over the Clippers.
The Lakers beat the Suns on Sunday but are 3-8 in their last 11 games and have dropped to the No. 7 spot in the Western Conference, which would see them enter the play-in tournament. They’re one game behind Portland for the No. 6 seed.
James is averaging 25 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.8 assists in 43 games this season.