LeBron James misses Lakers road trip, to return to practice next week

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Of course with the Golden State Warriors being as good as they are, LA needs to make sure they can knock them off with a strong core of their own.

Beasley finished with five points, two assists and two rebounds in his nine minutes of action, to go along with his Shaqtin' A Fool moment. It's a much different dynamic for the game's most powerful basketball player than what we saw during his Cavaliers days.

It was an unfortunate and bad play from Ball, but the good thing was the second-year player came out and hit two three-pointers to start overtime for the Lakers.

L.A.is 24-21 on the season and in a tie with the Utah Jazz for the No. 8 spot in the West.

After the short road trip, the Lakers again are in the national spotlight for Monday's Martin Luther Day, Jr.

The Lakers recorded a 107-100 home victory over the Chicago Bulls at the Staples Center on Tuesday night - with James watching on from the sidelines.

But how will the second half of the season look, and what will be the headline-leading narratives?

It's unclear when the Lakers will get James back. In LeBron's case, his mild-pull did not require surgery.

It was estimated he would miss four to five weeks.

Rich Paul, LeBron's agent, says the superstar forward is "right on schedule" in his recovery. "We're going to do what's best for him".

James has been out since Christmas Day after injuring the muscle in the win over the Golden State Warriors. If he adhered to the six-week recovery period, he would not be ready for action until early February. Technically he's going to be re-evaluated on Wednesday and I suppose it's possible he could be cleared. The medical staff like what they saw and determined LeBron could return to practice next week. This season's total already represents the most games he has missed consecutively in any season, eclipsing the eight straight he sat out in 2014-15 while dealing with back and knee pain.

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