Report: LeBron James Day-To-Day With Slight Groin Strain After Initial Exam

Source: Tony Avelar/Associated Press

In the 127-101 win over the Golden State Warriors, LeBron James left in the third quarter after slipping but recovering the basketball to Lonzo Ball.

As James was initially listed as questionable, he heard a ‘pop’ and was eventually ruled out for the remainder of the game. While the Warriors cut the deficit to two points, the Lakers stayed composed led by Ivica Zubac and Rajon Rondo.

With head coach Luke Walton revealing James will undergo an MRI on Dec. 26, the 33-year-old expressed confidence and the initial reports are positive.

Since the muscle is fortunately intact, James reportedly has a slight groin strain after the initial exam, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports:

James is viewed as day-to-day, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN:

Based on these reports, James and the Lakers dodged a bullet considering he heard a ‘pop.’ With James being so durable throughout his 16-year career, the hope is he will not have to miss too many games with a slight groin strain.

If James does, the young core showed they are more than capable of playing at a high level with the support of their veterans. As Zubac had 18 points and 11 rebounds, Rondo had 15 points, five rebounds, and 10 assists.

At 20-14 and fourth in the extremely competitive Western Conference, the Lakers will look to finish 2018 on a high note against the Sacramento Kings and Los Angeles Clippers. Since they are ahead of schedule, the Lakers are becoming a team no one wants to play in the 2019 NBA playoffs.

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