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LeBron James returning for Lakers-Rockets tonight

LeBron James in Los Angeles Lakers v Houston Rockets

HOUSTON, TEXAS - DECEMBER 28: LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers in action against the Houston Rockets at Toyota Center on December 28, 2021 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

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Lakers since the All-Star break:

Los Angeles will have another chance to capitalize on LeBron’s dominance tonight against the Rockets.

Mike Trudell of the Lakers:

Even against the lowly Rockets, LeBron could make the difference for the struggling Lakers. Anthony Davis is sidelined. Russell Westbrook is off track. Most of the supporting cast has underwhelmed. LeBron has papered over many of this team’s holes.

More importantly, LeBron is already returning after his knee issue was thought to be potentially more significant. The Lakers (28-36) are trying to hang onto their ninth-place play-in position. They need their best player on the floor as much as possible.