James likely to rejoin Lakers' lineup Friday

LeBron James participated in about half of practice Thursday, and coach Luke Walton expects him to play Friday when the Los Angeles Lakers host the Brooklyn Nets, The Athletic reported.

The team listed James' status as probable.

With the Lakers managing the superstar's minutes down the stretch, the superstar forward has sat out two of the past three games.

He did not play in last Friday in the Lakers' 111-97 loss at Detroit or Tuesday on Los Angeles' 115-101 defeat at Milwaukee.

James did start and play 35 minutes Sunday in the Lakers' 124-123 loss at New York, finishing with 33 points on 11-of-26 shooting with eight assists and six rebounds. His potential game-winning jumper was blocked by Knicks forward Mario Hezonja in the final seconds.

James, 34, is averaging 27.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 8.0 assists in his first season with Los Angeles.

He missed 17 games with a groin injury earlier this season and is all but assured of playing the fewest games of his 16-year career.

In the unlikely event he plays in all 11 of the Lakers' remaining games, he would finish with 62 and match the career low he set during the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season with Miami.

--Field Level Media