Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James gestures to the crowd in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the New York Knicks Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James waits during the first quarter of the Cavaliers' NBA basketball game against the Cenver Nuggets in Denver on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James waits during the first quarter of the Cavaliers’ NBA basketball game against the Cenver Nuggets in Denver on Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Joe Vardon, NORTHEAST OHIO MEDIA GROUP

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Cleveland.com)–Barring a setback, LeBron James will participate in practice on Monday in Phoenix as he inches closes to his probable return from injury this week.

James will not play tonight against the Sacramento Kings, marking the career-high ninth game he’s missed (and eight in a row) because of nagging left knee and lower back injuries.

But James accompanied the Cavaliers on their five-game Western trip that began Friday with a target date to return to action Thursday in Los Angeles, if not sooner.

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