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