LeBron James has strained adductor, uncertain for Lakers vs. Kings

LeBron James is uncertain to play Friday in opposition to the Sacramento Kings with what the Lakers are calling a “strained left adductor.” Whereas he’s everyday, he simply may miss Sunday’s recreation in opposition to Brooklyn as nicely.

James, who suffered the damage throughout the fourth quarter in a loss to the Clippers on Wednesday night time, underwent an MRI examination Thursday that exposed no tearing in or close to his groin muscle.

“It’s not torn, that’s the biggest thing, that he didn’t tear anything,” Lakers coach Darvin Ham stated. “So it was good news. You know, I’m sure it’s painful. Doubtful, day to day, whatever — I’m just happy there wasn’t anything torn.”

James missed 17 video games after straining his left groin in his first season with the Lakers, later saying it was partially torn and that he performed by way of lingering results upon his return.

He stated Wednesday the damage didn’t really feel as dangerous as that one in 2018.

“I didn’t do anything extraneous on the play,” he stated postgame Wednesday. “Just when I landed, I felt a little spasm or strain in my groin.”

After the Lakers play Sacramento and Brooklyn, they’ve 4 days earlier than internet hosting Detroit the next Friday. If James misses each video games this weekend, he’d have eight days of relaxation earlier than the Pistons recreation.

James missed simply one of many Lakers’ first 11 video games this season, sitting out Monday in a loss to the Utah Jazz with foot soreness.

Beginning wing Troy Brown Jr. stated the workforce can take some offensive classes from that recreation if James misses important time.

“I would just say our pace was faster a little bit,” Brown stated. “We were going more so to [Anthony Davis] in the post a little bit so being able to play off those cuts.”

Ham stated the Lakers would proceed to convey Russell Westbrook off the bench if James is dominated out.

“I’ve said it time and time again. I love what he’s bringing, coming off with that second unit and giving us a boost when needed,” Ham stated. “Just him being able to orchestrate and be Russ. Dominate the ball. Dominate the pace. And play free.”