Walton: Lakers will assess LeBron James on day of Clippers game

LeBron James could return on Thursday, but Lakers head coach Luke Walton insisted they will wait until the day of the game to assess him.

LeBron James watches the Lakers on Tuesday   -  Getty Images

The Los Angeles Lakers will wait to see how LeBron James feels on the day of the Los Angeles Clippers game before determining if he can return, head coach Luke Walton has said.

James has not featured since the Christmas Day win over the Golden State Warriors but the Lakers superstar took part in full-contact scrimmages on Monday.

He was only able to watch from courtside as the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Lakers 121-105 on Tuesday, though reports have suggested four-time MVP James could be back on the court to face the Clippers on Thursday.

However, Walton insisted the team will make a last assessment on James.

Asked whether he was viewing Wednesday's practice as a final test for James, Walton told reporters: "No, we're looking at it as we're going to practice again.

"We'll do some full-court scrimmaging again, see how he feels.

"No matter what happens, the decision won't be made tomorrow [Wednesday]. It will be about how he feels later that night and into what he feels like the next day when he wakes up, more importantly.

"So, not a final test, just another day of seeing if he's ready yet."

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