LeBron's MRI shows groin strain, Lakers say he is day to day

LeBron's MRI shows groin strain, Lakers say he is day to day

James, 33, is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists this season.

It's the second consecutive game the team have lost without James since he suffered an injury to his left groin in the Christmas Day win over the Golden State Warriors.

The Lakers looked just fine for 3½ quarters in their first game without James, but it was a different story down the stretch, when the four-time MVP's absence was noticeable and costly. The teams will meet again in Los Angeles on Sunday.

"We were a little out of composed", Kuzma said, via Ron Gutterman of Lakers Nation. "Hopefully, it is not a long thing and I can get back on the floor as soon as possible". And only one game separates the Lakers from the ninth-place San Antonio Spurs.

Iman Shumpert and Nemanja Bjelica scored 18 each, De'Aaron Fox also had a near triple-double with 15 points, 12 assists and 9 boards for the Kings.


The three-time National Basketball Association champion suffered the injury in the third quarter, and scans later revealed the injury was much better than first feared.

The latest injuries mean the Lakers will likely rely heavily on Lonzo Ball to run the show at the point with Brandon Ingram or Lance Stephenson seeing an increase in ball-handling duties.

Lakers: Chandler had 11 points and 10 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench. Rajon Rondo (sprained right ring finger) and JaVale McGee (respiratory infection) were inactive.

Lakers: Head back to Los Angeles to host the Clippers on Friday night.

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