“I’m not feeling particularly great right now…” LeBron James said of his condition Thursday night after playing 40 minutes going into overtime against the Clippers, his first NBA action since Christmas Day. “After being out five weeks, I’m feeling it right now. I wish I could click my shoes together right now and be home in my bed.”
Forty-eight hours later, LeBron was still feeling it, so the Lakers are going to rest him Saturday night against the Warriors in a nationally televised game.
The Lakers have gone 6-11 without LeBron. The Warriors had their 11-game win streak snapped by the Sixers on Thursday night and are motivated to get back on track.
The game in Golden State is the second of 7-of-8 on the road for Los Angeles, its toughest stretch of the season as the team attempts to climb back up into the playoff picture in the West. That’s harder without LeBron.