MRI comes back clean on James; Lakers star listed as day-to-day

Colton Jones

The Los Angeles Lakers may have dodged a bullet in regard to LeBron James and the groin injury he sustained in the Lakers' 127-101 thrashing of two-team defending NBA champion Golden State on Christmas Day at Oracle Arena.

James left the game in the third quarter and did not return. An MRI on Wednesday came back clean, according to Shams Charania of Stadium, showing a strained left groin.

James is being listed as day-to-day.

The Lakers star grabbed at his left groin after slipping under Golden State's basket with 7:51 to play in third quarter going for a loose ball. He said he has had the injury before but “not in a long time.”

“It’s pretty rare for me to have an injury, period,” he said. “It happens and we’ve got a great medical staff here, I’ve got a great trainer.”

Lakers coach Luke Walton said he would prepare for the Lakers to be without James at Sacramento on Thursday night. Los Angeles plays five games in the next nine days.

James has played in 156 straight games overall and 116 in the regular season.

“I take a lot of pride in it,” James said. “That’s why it (angered me) not to be able to go back into the game. It’s more than anything being available to my teammates, being available to my coaching staff. That’s something I take more personal than anything. Hopefully, it’s not a long thing.”