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Desperate Lakers could get LeBron James back in lineup vs Celtics on Friday

Written by Doug Rush

Desperate Lakers could get LeBron James back in lineup vs Celtics on Friday.

Through the first 15 games of the NBA season, the Los Angeles Lakers stand at 8-7, which doesn’t seem like anything to panic about.

In theory, it isn’t. But the Lakers really should bet better than an 8-7 record. The reason for the seventh best record in the league; the absence of LeBron James, whose been out for the last couple of weeks with an abdomen injury. The last time LeBron suited up was back on November 2 in a win vs the Houston Rockets.

Since the injury and his absence, the Lakers are 3-3, which again, isn’t a time to push the panic button, but again the Lakers should be better. After all, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook are still on the court. So is Carmelo Anthony, who has been looking like the All Star we saw with the New York Knicks.

But there is good news for the Lakers, as LeBron could be back for Friday night’s game vs the Boston Celtics

The Lakers have a five-game road trip starting off with the Milwaukee Bucks, a game that won’t be easy. But against the Celtics, who are struggling and don’t seem to have that same chemistry, it’s a winnable game without LeBron.

But with LeBron, plus having a returning Talen Horton-Tucker, and suddenly, the Lakers look like a team that could start to win some games.

The Lakers have just been treading water, and with the return of LeBron coming soon, it’s at a time where they need him the most. He makes the Lakers go.

Without LeBron, and the Lakers are barely a .500 team. With him, they are a championship contender. That’s what the Lakers need.

About the author

Doug Rush

Doug Rush is entering his 18th season as a writer. His career dates back to when he was with The Asbury Park Press covering high school football, The Harlem Globetrotters and The Lakewood Blueclaws.


In 2009, he joined Bleacher Report, covering the New York Yankees and New York Giants, amassing over 2 million reader views.


After 2013, he left B/R to join Sports Media 101 to cover the Yankees and Giants. While with Sports Media 101, Rush was named to the Pro Football Writers Association of America. He was there until July of 2016.

In January of 2018, Rush joined USA Today as part of the Giants Wire staff to cover the Giants. He is still currently with them, as he does weekly analysis for them during the season.


In September of 2021, Rush joined Pro Sports Extra, where he will be covering MLB, the NFL, NBA, WWE and AEW.


Doug is from Toms River, New Jersey where he has two children, Carson and Peyton.