Is LeBron James going to play tonight against the New Orleans Pelicans? The most recent availability update for 4x MVP (Dec. 7) 

LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers seek to keep their perfect record in the NBA In-Season Tournament alive with a quarterfinal victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday.

Despite being labeled as questionable on the injury report, LeBron James will play tonight.

He went to Las Vegas with the team. Since suffering a calf contusion against the Phoenix Suns in the Lakers' first NBA In-Season Tournament game, the four-time MVP has been doubtful for every game.

James has only been missing once since then.LeBron has appeared in good shape for the majority of the season.

To balance his workload in year 21, the Lakers chose to control his minutes and restrict him at the 29-minute mark. However, the team's other injury absences and streaky form forced them to change their preparations.

LeBron James, who will turn 39 this year, is still the team's top player. He has been instrumental in their 5-0 record in the NBA In-Season Tournament.

The four-time MVP is a strong contender for the inaugural In-Season Tournament MVP award.In five games in the In-Season Tournament, LeBron has averaged 26.2 points, 8.0 rebounds, 8.2 assists, and 1.8 steals on 56.5% shooting.

With the big stakes and games going deep, he has shown flashes of his top self. Lakers fans should expect more of the same in tonight's game against the New Orleans Pelicans.

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