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New Practice Update For LeBron James Before Friday's Lakers Game

LeBron James on the court.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 11: LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts against the Washington Wizards in the fourth quarter at Crypto.com Arena on March 11, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Injuries have forced Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James to miss three of the last four games. But will he be back in action for Friday's home game against the Detroit Pistons?

According to NBA insider Marc Stein, things are improving for LeBron but are not yet certain. As of Thursday he's been listed as "questionable" for the game with a left adductor strain.

While LeBron is still no lock to play tomorrow, it's certainly a sign that he's on the mend. The Lakers have struggled mightily all season and their depth has been pushed to the limit over these past few weeks. 

LeBron was healthy enough to play against the Los Angeles Clippers last week, mustering 30 points in a 114-101 loss. But the Lakers were able to get their third win of the season against the Brooklyn Nets in their most recent game.

At 3-10 on the season, the Los Angeles Lakers appear to be going nowhere fast this year. Nobody seems to know whether the Lakers will try to be buyers to try and turn things around or sellers as they prepare for a near-future without LeBron James. 

One thing seems certain: The Lakers' odds of turning things around seem a lot lower with LeBron out than with him in. 

Will LeBron James be able to get the Lakers out of this deep hole they're now in?