Lakers vs. Clippers Preview: The Return of King James

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LeBron will not have a minutes restriction, per coach Luke Walton, who added that the Lakers will keep a "close eye" on their superstar's conditioning considering he has been out for the last 17 games.

"I haven't felt like this in a long time", he said.

Late in Thursday night's battle between the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers, center Boban Marjanovic took an elbow from Lance Stephenson on a drive to the basket that potentially changed the game.

Coming off of an All-Star snub, Clippers forward Tobias Harris is going to be motivated to play one of his best games of the season.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James will make his return Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers after missing almost five weeks with a left groin strain, league sources told Yahoo Sports.‬.

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The near five-weeks on the shelf represents the most time James has missed during a season in his 16-year pro career.

The Lakers are still in the playoff hunt, LeBron James says, despite a miserable run during his absence with a strained groin. I want to see how my body reacts tomorrow.

Even without James and Rajon Rondo, they managed to stick around and make the game interesting, however, they ultimately lost the Clips 118-107. Everybody was huge. It is going to be different guys every night for our team.

Six players scored in double figures for the losing squad, as Lou Williams had a team-high 24 points.

James apparently showed up early to work out before the game and see if he could play, and things must have gone well. Then the Lakers return home for two days before embarking on a four-game, seven-day road trip through Indiana, Boston, Philadelphia and Atlanta.

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