LeBron James diagnosed with strained left groin

Lakers' star is listed as day-to-day after clean MRI on Wednesday

NBA.com Staff

Dec 26, 2018 2:45 PM ET

LeBron James grabs his upper left leg after sliding awkwardly in the third quarter vs. the Warriors.

LeBron James is listed as day-to-day after an MRI confirmed he suffered a strained left groin midway through the third quarter of Los Angeles Lakers' 127-101 win over the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day, the team announced on Wednesday. 

The Lakers star grabbed at his left groin after slipping under the Warriors basket at the 7:51 mark of the third trying for a loose ball. He said he has had the injury before but "not in a long time."

"It's pretty rare for me to have an injury, period," he said. "It happens and we've got a great medical staff here, I've got a great trainer."

James tried to stretch it out, awkwardly walked toward the Lakers bench trying to loosen up before leaving on his own though gingerly out the tunnel for the locker room.

 
LeBron James slides awkwardly while trying to pass during the third quarter.

Members of the training staff came out and James tried to stretch it out, awkwardly walked toward the Lakers bench trying to loosen up before leaving on his own though gingerly out the tunnel for the locker room.

"I wasn't able to go back into the game, obviously. I'll get an MRI tomorrow and see what's up," James said. "With me with injuries, I'm never too concerned about them. I was able to walk off on my own power. I felt a pop, see if I could stretch it a few times, see if it would relieve but it didn't. ... I did a couple exercises to see if I could continue to go but I didn't feel like it would benefit my team or me. So I came back and got a jump start on the rehab."

James, playing his second straight Christmas game against the Warriors at Oracle Arena after losing last year's matchup with Cleveland, had 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before exiting.

 
LeBron James talked about his injury with the media after Tuesday's game.

Coach Luke Walton said he would prepare for the Lakers to be without James on Thursday night at Sacramento.

James has played in 156 straight games overall and 116 in the regular season.

"I take a lot of pride in it," James said. "That's why it (angered me) not to be able to go back into the game. It's more than anything being available to my teammates, being available to my coaching staff. That's something I take more personal than anything. Hopefully it's not a long thing."

 
The Lakers made a statement with their 127-101 win over the Warriors on Christmas Day.

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Information from the Associated Press was used in this report. 


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