Lakers prepared for LeBron James to miss multiple games with groin strain

29 December, 2018, 11:54 | Author: Judy Cobb
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The Lakers reportedly expect James to miss at least a few games, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James will be listed as day-to-day with a groin strain after having an MRI which came up clean, the team announced on Wednesday.

Playing their first game without LeBron James due to a strained groin, the plucky Junior Lakers rallied for a collective, emphatic victory against the Sacramento Kings.

The veteran forward was injured Tuesday in L.A.'s upset 127-101 win over the Golden State Warriors as he dribbled toward the basket and slipped.

A timeline for James' return is further complicated by the fact that he has never had to navigate this severe of a groin injury and still needs to gain an understanding of how his body will respond to treatment.

"I will wait to hear back more from him and the doctors tomorrow", Walton said. "But we also will be very cautious when we bring him back".

Sacramento swingman Bogdan Bogdanović then broke the hearts of Laker Nation when he hit a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.

"We are obviously not going to rush him back", Walton said. "We've got to do a better job closing out games and just being composed".

Rondo returned December 21 after missing 17 games this season. His last extended absence because of injury was an eight-game stint to deal with back and knee aches midway through the 2014-15 season.

Kyle Kuzma led the way for the LeBron-less Lakers with 33 points in Sacramento, while Lonzo Ball added 20 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds in a losing cause.

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