The Los Angeles Lakers said LeBron James' groin injury is healing, and the star forward has been cleared to increase his on-court activities.

The team said James will be re-evaluated on Wednesday, meaning he is expected to miss the next three games: Friday at Utah, and home games Sunday against Cleveland and Tuesday against Chicago.

James, 34, has not played since sustaining in the injury during a win at Golden State on Christmas Day.

The Lakers have gone 3-5 in his absence, including consecutive road wins earlier this week at Minnesota and Dallas.

The perennial All-Star and four-time league MVP is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists in his first season with Los Angeles.

--Field Level Media

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