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Injury Update For LeBron James Ahead Of Tomorrow's Game

lebron james looks onto the floor during a game

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 25: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on from the bench after he was hurt against the Golden State Warriors during the second half of their NBA Basketball game at ORACLE Arena on December 25, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Lakers host the lowly Phoenix Suns tomorrow night. The team will still be without LeBron James.

The Western Conference All-Star will miss his 16th game with a groin injury.

He sustained it during the Lakers' Christmas Day win over the Golden State Warriors.

This recently became the longest stretch of missed time in LeBron's NBA career. He had never missed more than 13 games in a season before this injury.

His return is on the horizon, however.

While he will miss tomorrow's game, the future Hall of Famer has returned to full-contact practice for the first time.

From the AP:

LeBron James is back in full-contact defensive drills in practice with the Los Angeles Lakers for the first time since the four-time NBA MVP strained his groin.

James will miss his 16th consecutive game Sunday when the Lakers host the Phoenix Suns.

This leaves the door open for a return on Tuesday, when the Lakers host Eastern Conference power Philadelphia 76ers.

Despite the injury, LeBron James was recently named an All-Star starter and the captain of one of the two teams.

He and Giannis Antetokounmpo will select teams for the February 17 All-Star Game in Charlotte.

On the year, LeBron is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 7.1 assists per game. The Lakers are 25-24, and have fallen to ninth place in the Western Conference during his absence.

[Associated Press]