3:58pm: An MRI revealed that James has a left adductor strain, Ham told reporters (Twitter links via McMenamin). He’s officially listed as doubtful for Friday’s contest against Sacramento and is considered day-to-day.
7:41am: Lakers star LeBron James left Wednesday’s loss to the Clippers in the fourth quarter and didn’t return due to what the team referred to as left leg soreness. As Dave McMenamin of ESPN reports, James said after the game that it was a groin issue, explaining that he felt a “little spasm or strain in my groin” while posting up Clippers forward Paul George.
According to McMenamin, James is expected to undergo additional testing and medical imaging on Thursday to determine the severity of the injury. The veteran forward had already been battling left foot soreness, having initially been listed as questionable to play on Wednesday.
James previously suffered a tear in his left groin on Christmas Day in 2018 and missed 17 games as a result of the injury. Asked to compare that injury to this one, the 37-year-old said it’s “not as bad” this time around, per McMenamin. He didn’t even rule out the possibility of returning to action on Friday when the Lakers host Sacramento.
“I’ll go around (the clock) treatment for 24 hours, and if it’s OK on Friday, I’ll be in the lineup,” James said.
With Wednesday’s loss, the Lakers dropped to 2-9 to open the season, so it seems like things couldn’t get much worse if LeBron does have to miss time. However, as Jovan Buha of The Athletic observes, the team has been 3.1 points per 100 possessions better with James on the court so far this season. He had scored 30 points in 32 minutes before exiting Wednesday’s game.
“I mean it’s just a lot of adversity,” Lakers head coach Darvin Ham said after the loss, according to McMenamin. “(James) has been trying his heart out just to be there for us and play at a high level. I thought he had it going really, really well tonight. But it just is something that it’s the NBA season, man. You got to be ready for a little bit of everything. We’ll see once he gets evaluated, and we’ll be ready to move forward.”