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Lakers may be cautious with LeBron James’ return with playoff fate nearly decided


Cover picture for the articleLeBron James returned to Staples Center on Sunday night, just not dressed in the way Lakers fans would want. The 36-year-old came to the bench moments after tip-off, clad in all black except for his neon green sneakers — the first time James has sat courtside since sitting out again to recover his troublesome right ankle. It perhaps marked progress: The Lakers said James was not present at the last three games due to an excused absence to rest the injury.