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LeBron James expected to return to Lakers in 3 weeks, per Woj

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James may be nearing his return, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Woj reported on NBA Countdown on Saturday that the four time champion could potentially come back in three weeks. Based on James’ timetable, that would be his sixth week since suffering a high ankle injury. 

The Lakers have been derailed by injuries this season. They’re currently playing without two of their best players and have lost six games since. However, the superstar-less Purple and Gold have put on a fight with their tenacious defense. Role players on their roster like Dennis Schroder, Markieff Morris, Talen Horton-Tucker and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope have carried the scoring load for the squad in the past couple of games. 

As for LeBron James, his injury has clearly affected his MVP chances. The award was something the four-time MVP really wanted to win this season. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely anymore because of the time he has missed. Before his injury, James was averaging 25.4 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.9 assists per game for the Lakers. If there’s one good takeaway from James’ injury, it’s the potential of him returning well-rested come playoff time. 

Moreover, Wojnarowski reported that Anthony Davis could come back in the next 10-14 days. Davis suffered a calf strain injury last February 14 and has missed more than 20 games this season. Before his injury, Davis was averaging 22.5 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.8 blocks and was a candidate to win this year’s Defensive Player of the year. 

The defending champions find themselves in the fifth spot of the Western Conference standings. Head coach Frank Vogel has made it clear that standings are the least of their concerns right now, though. The main focus of the Lakers is getting their superstars back and on track once again.