Sources: LeBron James to play on minutes restriction for rest of season

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With the Los Angeles Lakers fading further from playoff contention, LeBron James’ time on the court this season will be cut down.

Sources told Yahoo Sports that the two sides — James’ camp and the Lakers’ front office — agreed on a minutes restriction for James for the remainder of the season. James will play in the range of 28-32 minutes per game, a drop from the 35.6 minutes per game he is averaging to this point in the season. Additionally, James may sit out some games when the Lakers play on back-to-back days depending on how the 34-year-old feels.

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With a 115-99 home loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night, the Lakers dropped to 30-35 on the season. It was the fourth consecutive loss for the Lakers, who now are tied for 10th place in the Western Conference standings — 6.5 games back of the eighth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers.

In the loss to the Nuggets, James passed Michael Jordan on the NBA’s all-time scoring list. James now sits fourth behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Kobe Bryant.

James, who missed 18 games earlier this year with a groin injury, is averaging 27.1 points per game this season, his first with the Lakers.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James will play on a minutes restriction for the rest of the season. (AP Foto/Mark J. Terrill)
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James will play on a minutes restriction for the rest of the season. (AP Foto/Mark J. Terrill)

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