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Lakers’ LeBron James plays against Trail Blazers

LeBron James
LeBron James
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Lakers star LeBron James will play tonight against the Trail Blazers, the team announced before the 7 o’clock game.

James, who has a groin contusion and recently recovered from a back strain, had been listed as questionable.

Coach Frank Vogel said at the team’s shoot-around on Saturday morning in Portland, and again 90 minutes before the game, that James was a game-time decision.

This groin injury is on the other side of his body from the groin tear he suffered last season. James said before shoot-around today that the pain is nowhere near what he felt at any point last season after the injury. He added that the injury didn’t alter his daily routine much.

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“I mean pretty much what I usually do but I just add a little bit more amounts of treatment to the area,” James said. “Some other things to try to fast track it, improve it. It’s a pretty good couple days after the Christmas Day game.”

James has missed only one game this season. He’s averaging 25.7 points, 10.6 assists and 7.6 rebounds a game.

The Lakers (24-7) have lost four in a row entering the game. The Trail Blazers (14-18) have lost their last two games.

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