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Report: LeBron James (groin) will play against Blazers
From NBA Twitter and media reports
The former four-time MVP said he felt healthy heading into L.A.’s Christmas showdown with the Clippers, only to collide with Patrick Beverley in the first quarter and worsen the injury. James suffered a torn left groin last season (also on Christmas Day) that forced him to miss 17 consecutive games.
The Lakers enter Saturday’s contest on a four-game losing streak, which marks their first stretch of consecutive defeats this season after starting out 24-3. All four losses have come against playoff teams.
James is averaging 25.7 points, 7.6 rebounds and a league-leading 10.6 assists while shooting 49.1 percent.