James' MRI shows groin strain, Lakers say he’s day to day
ABS-CBN Sports on Dec 27, 2018 07:10 AM
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) grimaces after straining his left groin, during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. The Lakers won 127-101. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James got good news Wednesday (Thursday, PHL time) on his injured groin.
But his games-played streak will end anyway.
An MRI exam showed that the four-time NBA MVP merely strained his left groin in the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory over the Golden State Warriors on Christmas night (Dec. 26, PHL time). James will likely be dealing with soreness for several days, and the Lakers said he won’t travel with them for their game Thursday (Friday, PHL time) in Sacramento.
From there, he will be listed as day-to-day.
“Dodged a bullet,” James tweeted.
Dodged a bullet! Sheesh. 🙏🏾 to the almighty above! #BackInNoTime— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 26, 2018
Thursday (Friday, PHL time) will mark the first time James has sat since the final game of the 2016-17 regular season, which he took off for rest.
James had appeared in 156 consecutive games, going back to the start of the 2017 playoffs with Cleveland. His last extended absence due to injury was an eight-game stint to deal with back and knee aches midway through the 2014-15 season.
James is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists this season, his 16th in the NBA and first with the Lakers.