Per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN, the 22 teams involved with the NBA's return-to-play plan -- James' Lakers being one of them -- will play eight regular-season games in Orlando prior to the start of the playoffs. The league hasn't formally announced the plan, but Wojnarowski reports that the eight games will be used for seeding purposes. It's still unclear how the league will structure the postseason, but it appears the NBA is prepared for the 2019-20 season to run as late as mid-October, as Wojnarowski previously reported on Tuesday.
James (groin) and his teammates learned Wednesday that the 2019-20 season has been suspended by the NBA indefinitely after a player from another team tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement the NBA said the league "is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight's schedule of games until further notice. The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic."
James (groin) is probable for Thursday's game against the Rockets, Mark Medina of USA Today reports. James dealt with the same injury heading into Monday's 104-102 loss to the Nets, but he still suited up and played 35 minutes, providing quality stats in the process (29 points, 12 rebounds, nine assists and one steal). Across the past five games, he's averaging 30.0 points, 10.6 assists, 9.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 35.2 minutes.
James (groin) is starting Tuesday against the Nets. James has been playing through his lingering groin ailment the past five games and Tuesday night will be no different. He's averaged 35 minutes a contest during that stretch so expect a similar workload against the Nets, barring any major setbacks.
James is probable for Tuesday's game against the Nets. James previously said he planned to play against the Nets despite a recent groin injury. The probable designation still leaves a little wiggle room, but all signs are that James will play Tuesday night.
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