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Report: LeBron James expects to play for Lakers vs. Clippers on Christmas

LeBron James and Kawhi Leonard could face off on Christmas

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 22: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers handles the ball against the LA Clippers on October 22, 2019 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2019 NBAE (Photo by Chris Elise/NBAE via Getty Images)

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LeBron James missed yesterday’s Lakers’ loss to the Nuggets with a back injury.

The big question: Will LeBron be healthy for the highly anticipated Lakers-Clippers showdown on Christmas?

Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

a source close to James told ESPN he expected the star to be in the lineup.

Now, attention turns to Kawhi Leonard and Patrick Beverley. They missed the Clippers’ last game, though with it the second of a back-to-back, that was par for the course for Leonard. Hopefully, two days off gives them both time to be ready.

Everyone wants to see the Lakers and Clippers at full strength on Christmas.