LeBron James says he won’t play tonight vs. Rockets, yet sends optimistic message

Peter Dewey
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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James will not play against the Houston Rockets on Wednesday.

James had been expected to make his return to the lineup after missing last night’s win over the New York Knicks, but he shared on Twitter that he is “getting close” to a return.

James returned from an ankle injury he suffered against the Atlanta Hawks in March, but he appeared in just two games before reaggravating the injury.

James has missed the Lakers’ past five games, and Wednesday’s matchup with Houston will be his sixth straight.

This season, James is averaging 25.0 points, 7.9 rebounds and 7.8 assists per game.

The Lakers are currently the No. 7 seed in the Western Conference, but they are just a game back of the No. 5-seeded Portland Trail Blazers.

If James is able to return this regular season it would be a huge boost for Los Angeles as it tries to avoid the league’s play-in tournament.

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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.