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Report: LeBron James targeting Tuesday return to Lakers lineup after sore ankle

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The Los Angeles Lakers' battle to avoid the play-in tournament could go down to the wire, and LeBron James is almost ready to get back into action. 

According to Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, James is feeling "great" will try to return to the Lakers lineup on Tuesday when they take on the New York Knicks. 

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James has missed the past four games with a sore ankle — the same ankle he injured back in March, which kept him out of the lineup for 20 games. His return from that high ankle sprain on April 30 was supposed to be permanent, but after just two games James' ankle forced him to sit out again. 

Haynes reported that if James isn't good to go on Tuesday, he'll try for Wednesday against the Houston Rockets.

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 30: LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before the start of a basketball game against the Sacramento Kings at Staples Center on April 30, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LeBron James is attempting to return for the Lakers' final four games of the regular season. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

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