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“I’ll be ready to go tomorrow on Christmas Day,” James told reporters Thursday. “I’ve never missed a Christmas Day game, and I don’t plan on missing one tomorrow.”
James sat out the final eight minutes of the Lakers’ 116-109 opening night loss to the LA Clippers on Tuesday after rolling his ankle but indicated after the game that he planned to play against Dallas.
James exited with 7:51 left in the fourth quarter and the Lakers trailing 99-92. He finished with 22 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 4 turnovers in 28 minutes.
He elaborated on the experience of playing in Christmas Day games.
“People have opened their gifts. Everyone is excited. It’s a day of giving for a lot of us,” James said. “And then being at