Basketball: Lakers' LeBron James taking time to heal from groin injury

Kings comeback to beat Lakers in last-second win at home

(Thanks) to the almighty above! "James will be listed as day-to-day", a Lakers spokesperson said. Their next four games - versus Sacramento twice, the Clippers and Oklahoma City - are against teams also in the conference playoff picture.

The initial feeling in the Lakers locker room was positive and optimistic after James suffered the injury during the third quarter of a 127-101 win over Golden State on Tuesday. His right leg swung underneath him as he lost his footing, putting pressure on his left leg and groin as he reached forward to try to maintain possession of the ball.

"I don't know (if I'm going to miss a game)", James said, per Yahoo's report and prior to undergoing the exam.

Woj writes: "A timeline for James' return is further complicated by the fact that he has never had to navigate this severe of a groin injury and still needs to gain an understanding of how his body will respond to treatment". "We're going to see what the MRI says, see how I feel the rest of the day today".

Lakers coach Luke Walton said the team wouldn't rush James back.

"I take a lot of pride in [staying healthy], so that is why it pissed me off not being able to go back into the game", James said. "We'll be careful and cautious when he starts playing again". Bogdanovic finishes with 23 points off the bench, while Kyle Kuzma leads all scorers with 33 points and grabs 9 rebounds as the Lakers play without LeBron James due to a groin injury.

Rondo returned December 21 after missing 17 games this season.

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