Video: Lakers’ LeBron James proves to be unstoppable on his way to huge slam
Father Time might finally be coming for LeBron James. The Los Angeles Lakers superstar missed 15 games after straining his groin in a Christmas Day victory over the Golden State Warriors and was noticeably heavy and slow upon his return to action in four games leading up to the All-Star break.
On Wednesday, though, the 34-year-old expressed optimism that he was rounding into form just in time for the Lakers’ late-season playoff push.
“I feel pretty good where I’m at physically,” he said, per ESPN’s Baxter Holmes. “I’m rounding third base, sliding into home on how I felt before the injury, and I’m sliding in clean too.”
Sounds about right.
James looked almost like his normal self in Thursday’s game against the Houston Rockets. The four-time MVP scored 29 points, grabbed 11 rebounds, and dished six assists on 11-of-24 shooting, leading his team to a 111-106 comeback win over Houston. The Lakers outscored the Rockets 28-16 in the fourth quarter, with James Harden contributing just two points in the final stanza before fouling out after committing a pair of charges in crunch time.
Los Angeles moved to 29-29 with the victory, two-and-a-half games back of the L.A. Clippers for eighth place in the Western Conference. And with James getting healthy and back into game shape, it’s only matter of time until the Lakers are back in playoff position.