Following an initial exam, James was reportedly viewed as day-to-day with a groin strain since the muscle remained intact.
Led by Ivica Zubac and Rajon Rondo, the Lakers stayed composed as the Warriors cut their 19-point lead to two late in the third quarter. As a result, Josh Hart expressed confidence in the young core if James ultimately had to miss games.
Fortunately for James and the Lakers, he underwent an MRI and it confirmed the results from the initial exam, according to Lakers:
Lakers forward LeBron James, who was injured in last night’s game at Golden State, underwent an MRI today which confirmed a strained left groin. James will be listed as day-to-day.
Considering the circumstances, James reacted to the results on Twitter:
Dodged a bullet! Sheesh. 🙏🏾 to the almighty above! #BackInNoTime
— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 26, 2018
Since James is officially listed as day-to-day, it is unclear if he will play against the Sacramento Kings or Los Angeles Clippers to close 2018. At 33-years-old and in his 16th NBA season, he is one of the most durable athletes of all time.
As for the Lakers, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma should see increased roles. While Ingram has been focusing on his off-ball movement since his return from an ankle injury, Kuzma has established himself as the team’s second option.
All the attention has been on James and rightfully so, but the young core is extremely competitive. At 20-14 and fourth in the Western Conference, this is an opportunity for them to show they can win without James and then make a deep playoff run when he does return.