LeBron James is expected to rejoin the lineup when Los Angeles Lakers take on the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.
Coach Luke Walton reportedly expects James to play as the team listed James’ status as probable, after he participated in practice on Thursday.
With the Lakers managing their star player’s minutes, the forward sat out two of the past three games, missing the Lakers’ 111-97 defeat at Detroit and their 115-101 loss at Milwaukee.
James did, however, start and play 35 minutes of Sunday’s 124-123 defeat 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.