Lakers expect LeBron to miss 'several games'

Colton Jones

The Los Angeles Lakers are prepared for LeBron James to miss several games because of a strained left groin, according to a report.

Brian Windhorst and Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN report the team, which is listing the star forward as day-to-day after the injury suffered in a game at Golden State in Christmas Day, realizes there is a healing process that must take place before James can return to the court. An MRI on Wednesday came back clean, showing only the strain.

James, who will turn 34 on Sunday and is in his 16th NBA season, has played in 156 consecutive games, counting postseason play.

The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 7.1 assists and 1.3 steals in 34.6 minutes in 34 games this season for the Lakers (20-14), who play at Sacramento on Thursday night.