LeBron James returns from abdominal injury for Lakers vs. Celtics

Los Angeles Lakers' LeBron James passes the ball during the second half of an NBA basketball game.
LeBron James passes the ball during a game between the Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 29.
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LeBron James started Friday night against the Boston Celtics after missing the last eight games because of an abdominal strain.

Lakers coach Frank Vogel said James would be a game-time decision about 90 minutes before tip-off. However, after James was seen working out before the Lakers played at Milwaukee on Wednesday night, it appeared likely he would be able to play against the Celtics.

The Lakers have gone 3-5 since James went down Nov. 2 in a game against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center. At the time, James was expected to be out at least a week.


Before James, who will turn 37 next month, was injured, he was first in team scoring average (24.8 points per game) and second in rebounding (7.0).

Staff writer Broderick Turner contributed to this report.

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