LeBron James returns on Friday night

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Shams Charania: Sources: LeBron James (abdominal strain) will return to Lakers lineup tonight vs. Boston.
Source: Twitter @ShamsCharania

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Tatum! LeBron! Celtics! Lakers! Next on ESPN!
Or in 15 or so minutes. – 7:28 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
The Celtics seeing LeBron James coming back just in time to play against them pic.twitter.com/wwglMjqdbV7:27 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Lakers at Celtics – TD Garden – November 19, 2021 – Starting Lineups
Boston – Schroder, Smart, Tatum, G. Williams, Horford
Los Angeles – Russell Westbrook, Avery Bradley, Talen Horton-Tucker, LeBron James, Anthony Davis
OUT: Boston: Brown, R. Williams L.A. : Ariza, Nunn pic.twitter.com/VplZNF5xSF7:09 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
The Lakers get LeBron James back tonight, while Boston is still without Robert Williams and Jaylen Brown. Lakers start small with Anthony Davis at center, while Boston will have Dennis Schroder, who was a game time decision with a sprained ankle. He’ll start vs. his old team. – 7:07 PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Lakers’ starters against the Celtics:
Anthony Davis
LeBron James
Talen Horton-Tucker
Avery Bradley
Russell Westbrook – 7:03 PM

Mark Murphy @Murf56
Lakers announce that LeBron James will play tonight. – 7:02 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
LeBron will start; Melo moves to the bench. That’s the only change tonight in the Laker starting lineup. Talen Horton-Tucker remains a starter. – 7:02 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
As expected, Carmelo Anthony heads back to the bench in favor of the returning LeBron James. – 7:01 PM

Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Lakers starters: LeBron James, Talen Horton-Tucker, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook and Avery Bradley. – 7:01 PM

Arash Markazi @ArashMarkazi
LeBron James is back. pic.twitter.com/C2bz39dBAl7:00 PM

Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
LeBron James is in for tonight’s matchup against the Celtics masslive.com/celtics/2021/1…6:59 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
Frank Vogel hinted earlier this week that LeBron would slide into the PF slot Carmelo Anthony has occupied, with ‘Melo resuming his bench role.
As such, it would be Westbrook, Bradley, THT, LeBron and AD.
Official starters will be confirmed in about four minutes. – 6:56 PM

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Yahoo Sources: LeBron James to make his return tonight in Boston. sports.yahoo.com/sources-lebron…6:52 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
LeBron will play tonight. – 6:51 PM

Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Lakers say LeBron James is playing after missing almost 2 week with an abdominal strain – 6:51 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Lakers confirm: LeBron James returns tonight against the Celtics. – 6:51 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
LeBron James will play tonight, per the Lakers – 6:51 PM

Mike Trudell @LakersReporter
LeBron will start tonight in Boston. – 6:50 PM

Allen Sliwa @AllenSliwa
Lebron is IN for tonight… – 6:49 PM

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania
Sources: LeBron James (abdominal strain) will return to Lakers lineup tonight vs. Boston. – 6:49 PM

Chris Haynes @ChrisBHaynes
Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James (abdominal strain) will make his return tonight against the Boston Celtics after two weeks sidelined, league sources tell @YahooSports. – 6:48 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
You’re gonna have to squint BUT while LeBron is warming up, Trevor Ariza is dribbling around the fringe of the court. We have not seen much of him since his ankle debridement procedure. pic.twitter.com/TLq1JE4Dj46:46 PM

Bill Oram @billoram
LeBron finished his pregame routine with a forceful two-handed dunk and leaves the court to loud cheers here at TD Garden – 6:46 PM

John Karalis @RedsArmy_John
LeBron is wrapping up warmups and he just finished with a few deep 3’s and a dunk, so I’m going to assume he’s good to go tonight. – 6:45 PM

Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
For what it’s worth, LeBron seems to be moving pretty well throughout his warmup routine. pic.twitter.com/L6XfN4Zf7k6:37 PM

A. Sherrod Blakely @ASherrodblakely
Moments after LeBron James walks on to the floor to warm up, right behind him is Enes Kanter who has on more than one occasion, called out LBJ for not speaking out more on social injustices outside the US. #ackward pic.twitter.com/l8lBkXcJvN6:37 PM

Bill Oram @billoram
A live look at LeBron shooting pregame. pic.twitter.com/z697UgIK3a6:33 PM

Brad Turner @BA_Turner
LeBron James starts pregame workout before Lakers play Celtics pic.twitter.com/eGVILizvDv6:31 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Here comes LeBron to warm up, getting a roar even in Boston. – 6:29 PM

Ben Golliver @BenGolliver
Column: LeBron James used to be indestructible. Now, his health is the shaky Lakers’ biggest concern. @PostSports https://t.co/btO7iDC7wx pic.twitter.com/GXvdMchDCF6:22 PM

Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
Tonight not only features four of the top seven scorers in TD Garden history….but four of the building’s top scorers among visiting players…
1. LeBron James
4. Carmelo Anthony
14. Dwight Howard
21. Russell Westbrook
(@Jalen Rose, here for ESPN, is 20th by the way.) pic.twitter.com/KQ3l9W3Poi6:14 PM

Ryan Ward @RyanWardLA
LeBron James is a GAME-TIME DECISION tonight against the Celtics, according to Lakers HC Frank Vogel. – 6:03 PM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
No update yet on LeBron James. Still testing things out pregame, per Frank Vogel. – 6:02 PM

Brad Turner @BA_Turner
Vogel said LeBron James still game time decision – 6:01 PM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Still waiting to hear if LeBron James is going to play tonight, Frank Vogel says about an hour and a half before tip. – 6:01 PM

Tim Bontemps @TimBontemps
LeBron James is still a game time decision, per Frank Vogel. Will test his abdominal out and see if he can go. – 6:01 PM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
Frank Vogel says LeBron James remains a game-time decision for tonight’s game. – 6:01 PM

Jay King @ByJayKing
Frank Vogel said LeBron James will test his injury before the game to see if he’s going to play. – 6:01 PM

Alex Kennedy @AlexKennedyNBA
Fastest average speed (MPH):
Svi Mykhailiuk, 4.69
Doug McDermott, 4.68
Gary Payton II, 4.66
TJ McConnell, 4.66
Dalano Banton, 4.61
Slowest average speed (MPH):
James Harden, 3.64
Eric Gordon, 3.65
LeBron James, 3.66
Chris Paul, 3.67
Joel Embiid, 3.69 basketballnews.com/stories/20-nba…4:11 PM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
ICYMI, some pregame listening! @LockedOnLakers for a Friday! We discuss LeBron’s (hopeful) return tonight against Boston, how it affects Frank Vogel longterm with the Lakers, and optimal lineups. @LockedOnNBAPods @LockedOnNetwork
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the…3:54 PM

Eric Smith @Eric__Smith
I just finished doing a virtual read of @LeBron James‘ book, “I PROMISE”, with a bunch of classes from @JWBoichPS. The messages in this book are fantastic…especially today.
“I promise to use my voice & stand up for what’s right. And when things get tough, to keep up the fight.” pic.twitter.com/efherf51to2:44 PM

Bob Garcia @bgarciaivsports
LeBron James’ unwavering desire for greatness led him to apologize to his biggest supporter.
#LakeShow #Lakers #NBA
sportscasting.com/lebron-james-i…12:45 PM

Kamenetzky Brothers @KamBrothers
Friday’s @LockedOnLakers podcast! We discuss the effect of LeBron’s return (tonight?), Frank Vogel’s job security and what would be the Lakers’ best lineup. #FirstListen @LockedOnNetwork @LockedOnNBAPods
Subscribe. Rate. Enjoy. Thx.
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the…11:48 AM

Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Frank Vogel said LeBron James is a game-time decision tonight at the Boston Celtics. – 11:05 AM

Gary Washburn @GwashburnGlobe
LeBron is a game-time decision tonight for #Lakers vs #Celtics. – 11:04 AM

Brad Turner @BA_Turner
LeBron james is game time decision for Lakers vs Celtics – 11:04 AM

Jovan Buha @jovanbuha
LeBron James is a game-time decision tonight, per Frank Vogel. – 11:04 AM

Kyle Goon @kylegoon
Frank Vogel says LeBron is going to be a game time decision tonight against the Celtics. – 11:04 AM

Michael Gallagher @MikeSGallagher
LeBron could be back today and we got some updates on the Boston side of the Lakers vs. Celtics game on Friday. Leading with that, and recapping the Thursday action for today’s NBA 3 Ball.
podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/est…12:24 AM

More on this storyline

Mike Trudell: Frank Vogel said LeBron remains a true game-time decision, and still needs to go through his pregame workout before determining his status for tonight. -via Twitter @LakersReporter / November 19, 2021

Dave McMenamin: Frank Vogel says LeBron James will be a gametime decision tonight in Boston -via Twitter @mcten / November 19, 2021

Jovan Buha: The Lakers say LeBron James (rectus abdominis strain) is questionable vs. Boston tomorrow. Anthony Davis (right thigh contusion) is probable. -via Twitter @jovanbuha / November 18, 2021