According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the Los Angeles Lakers are expecting LeBron James to miss "a few games" with a left groin strain.
Lakers believe LeBron James will miss at least a few games after injuring his groin in Christmas Day win over Warriors, per @ChrisBHaynes.- Yahoo Sports NBA (@YahooSportsNBA) December 26, 2018
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James tweeted about his injury on Thursday, saying he "dodged a bullet" and that he'll be back in no time.
Dodged a bullet! Sheesh. 🙏🏾 to the almighty above! #BackInNoTime- LeBron James (@KingJames) December 26, 2018
James appeared to have suffered the injury early in the third quarter of the Lakers' Christmas Day game against the Golden State Warriors, as an awkward change in direction caused him to lose his footing. The 14-time All-Star was visibly affected as he came up grimacing in discomfort.
James hobbled back to the Lakers' locker room alongside two of the team's athletic trainers; at the time of the injury, he had a team-high 17 points to go along with 13 rebounds and five assists in 21 minutes.
The Lakers went on to win without James, beating the Warriors by a final score of 127-101.
The team announced Wednesday that the 16-year veteran will not travel with the team on its trip to Sacramento for Friday's (AEDT) game.
UPDATE: LeBron James will not travel with the team to Sacramento for tomorrow's game against the Kings.- Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) December 26, 2018
He will be listed as day-to-day moving forward. https://t.co/8maL1EKDew
With James sitting out Thursday, his streak of having played in 156 consecutive games (regular season and postseason) will officially come to an end.