first_imgJames looked sore even after his return against the Clippers, in which he scored 24 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and had nine assists. Walton said the Lakers originally planned to play James between 32 and 35 minutes.“But once it got into overtime, there was no taking him out at that point,” he said. “Who knows how sore he would’ve been if there was no overtime, but I’m sure he still would’ve been sore.”The Lakers also rested Tyson Chandler, the oldest member of the team, who has now been a healthy scratch for three of the last five games.McGee gets his ring Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersKentavious Caldwell-Pope started in his place.Related Articlescenter_img OAKLAND – LeBron James said it himself Thursday night: During his recovery, there were days he felt great, then a day or two later, he wouldn’t feel so good.That one-step-forward, one-step-back process continued this weekend as the Lakers decided to hold out James from Saturday’s marquee match-up with the Golden State Warriors. The official designation for his absence was “load management,” but coach Luke Walton said it had much to do with his soreness after playing 40 minutes in a comeback victory over the Clippers.“It’s more just him being sore after five weeks of him not playing basketball,” he said. “It is a few days from our last game ‘til our next one in Indy, so when me and him spoke, it’s, ‘As much as you want to play, let’s make sure you’re making the smart decision.’ So he came over early, and the decision was made.”James was in the building Saturday at Oracle Arena — the same venue where he first injured the groin that kept him out for 17 straight games — but was not seated on the bench. About an hour before the tip, when he was already declared out, he was seen receiving treatment from the Lakers’ training staff and wearing an ice pack on his injured left groin. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs The Warriors had to delay it a month-and-a-half later than intended, but on Saturday night before tip-off, JaVale McGee finally got his ring.The team sent out Andre Iguodala to present the 2018 NBA championship ring, the second the Lakers’ center won when he played with Golden State for two seasons. He missed the first opportunity at Oracle as he battled pneumonia and wasn’t permitted to travel with the team.The presentation was accompanied by a video montage of McGee’s moments with the team over the previous two seasons. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said it was important for the 7-footer to receive his due, especially in light of his contributions during the playoff series with the Spurs and the Cavaliers during Golden State’s third title in the last four years.“It’s only right to honor him and present him his ring, and give him his moment in front of our fans for them to say, ‘Thank you,’” Kerr said. “To be able to count on JaVale for the last couple years, whether he was playing or not, and the professionalism and patience he showed when he wasn’t playing — that’s what it takes. It takes everyone’s commitment.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years last_img