Report: LeBron James not at full strength ahead of play-in game vs. Warriors, needs couple more weeks

Peter Dewey
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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James reportedly is not at full strength for Wednesday night’s play-in game against the Golden State Warriors.

While James will play in the game, Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said that he is “getting there” physically.

James’ presence, whether he is 100 percent or not, is a huge boost for the Lakers. The 17-time All-Star averaged 25.0 points, 7.7 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game during the regular season.

James missed 26 of the Lakers’ final 30 games as he dealt with his ankle injury, but he did play in the team’s final two regular season games.

The Lakers need a win over the Warriors to secure the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference this season.

If the Lakers lose, they will be forced to play a win-or-go-home game for the No. 8 seed against the winner of Wednesday’s contest between the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs.

With a win tonight, the Lakers and James would match up with the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.