LeBron James to return today vs. Bulls after 13-game absence

LeBron James is back.

The Los Angeles Lakers star will make his return to the court against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday, the team announced. He was upgraded from doubtful to questionable ahead of the team's 3:30 p.m. tipoff and tested his foot in pregame warm-ups. Apparently, James liked how he felt enough to suit up for the first time since Feb. 26 during pregame warmups. If all goes well, the Lakers could get James back on the court with eight games left in the regular season.

James missed the previous 13 games after he suffered a foot injury against the Dallas Mavericks a month ago. He denied a report last week that he planned to return for the final week of the season after James began on-court activities for the first time since his injury.

A return this soon could boost the Lakers' postseason hopes. Los Angeles went 8-5 without James and currently owns the No. 8 seed in the Western Conference. The Lakers' 37-37 record is also tied with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who have the No. 7 seed, and the New Orleans Pelicans, who have the No. 9 seed. Los Angeles is also, oddly enough, only two games back from the No. 4 seed, currently held by the Phoenix Suns.

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