LeBron James will not travel to Sacramento for the Los Angeles Lakers’ game Thursday night against the Kings.
James is officially day-to-day after straining his left groin during the Lakers’ victory over the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night. An MRI came back clean on Wednesday, but James is expected to miss a few games out of an abundance of caution.
The veteran forward was injured Tuesday in L.A.’s upset 127-101 win over the Warriors as he dribbled toward the basket and slipped. His right leg swung underneath him as he lost his footing, putting pressure on his left leg and groin as he reached forward to try to maintain possession of the ball.
Point guard Rajon Rondo will also miss the game with the Kings due to a sprained finger.
James walked gingerly off the court on Christmas Day and video showed him wincing near the bench and telling trainers “I felt a pop” regarding the injury.
Lakers coach Luke Walton said the team would not rush James back.
“Obviously, we want him back soon as possible,” said Walton. “But we also will be very cautious when we bring him back.”
The 33-year-old is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game in his first season with the Lakers. He has appeared in all 34 games this season and did not miss a game last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Lakers begin a four-game homestand Friday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.
—Field Level Media