OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James stays day-to-day after an MRI on his injured left groin got here again clean, the Los Angeles Lakers introduced Wednesday.

James is not going to journey with the group to Sacramento and shall be out for Thursday’s sport towards the Kings.

Dodged a bullet! Sheesh. 🙏🏾 to the almighty above! #BackInNoTime

— LeBron James (@KingJames) December 26, 2018

The preliminary feeling within the Lakers locker room was optimistic and optimistic after James suffered the injury through the third quarter of a 127-101 win over Golden State on Tuesday. James informed ESPN’s Dave McMenamin after the sport that “the great factor is the muscle is unbroken.”

James stated he suffered the injury when he “overextended” his groin as his proper leg slipped whereas Draymond Inexperienced poked the ball away from him. James stated he “overextended” the injury additional when he went again on protection proper after that. When play went again down the opposite facet of the court docket, James did not try to observe his teammates and remained shut to the Lakers bench. James then informed the Lakers medical and training employees that he felt “a pop.”

“With me, with accidents, I’m by no means too involved about them,” stated James, who had an electrical stimulation system connected to his hip earlier than he and the Lakers flew again to Los Angeles on Tuesday night time. “I used to be ready to stroll off by myself energy. I felt a pop and [went to] see if I may stretch it just a few instances and see if it’s going to relieve, nevertheless it did not.”

The Lakers (20-14) have but to play a sport with out their franchise star. James has performed in 116 consecutive regular-season video games, one shy of his private finest, and 156 straight regular-season and postseason video games.

Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram could have to choose up the scoring load and the Lakers will look extra towards the veteran management of Rajon Rondo if James misses a lot time. James is averaging 27.three factors, eight.three rebounds and seven.1 assists this season.

“I take lots of satisfaction in [staying healthy], so that’s the reason it pissed me off not having the ability to return into the sport,” James stated. “It is greater than something being out there to my teammates, to my teaching employees — that’s one thing I take extra private than something. Hopefully it isn’t an extended factor and I can get again on the ground as soon as attainable.”

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