Since LeBron James went down with a groin strain injury, the Los Angeles Lakers have slid down the Western Conference standings and currently sit in ninth place.
With more than half of the 2018-2019 NBA season nearly over with, the Lakers will need to make a run if they hope to be playing in the playoffs come April. As things currently stand, they will have a difficult time given all the injuries and lack of shooting on the current roster.
Without James in the lineup, head coach Luke Walton has been forced to find offensive sparks elsewhere. While players like Michael Beasley and Ivica Zubac have provided offensive boosts in recent weeks, they still can not make up for the loss of James.
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James will make his return Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers after missing nearly five weeks with a left groin strain, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
James was cleared to increase basketball activities recently and he is seemingly healthy enough to give it a go against the Clippers. Having him back in the lineup should help Walton and the Lakers turn their season around barring any more injuries.
However, the more pressing question about James is whether or not he can save the season by himself or if they need to trade for a second All-Star player. Anthony Davis is reportedly only interested in playing for the Lakers, but it remains to be seen if a deal will be completed prior to the Feb. 7 trade deadline.
Either way, having James back should allow the Lakers a chance to climb back up the standings. Hopefully, that run can start when they take on the Clippers to begin a six-game road trip.