LeBron day-to-day with strained left groin
James has appeared in 156 straight games, going back to 2017 playoffs
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James got good news Wednesday 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 at Golden State Warriors on Christmas night. James will likely be dealing with soreness for several days, and the Lakers said he won’t travel with them for their game Thursday in Sacramento.
From there, he will be listed as day-to-day.
“Dodged a bullet,” James tweeted.
In other Lakers injury news, Rajon Rondo is out with a sprained right finger.
Rajon Rondo (right ring finger sprain) will not travel with the team to Sacramento.
His status will be updated on Friday.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 27, 2018
Thursday 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.