December 25th was an amazing day for all Los Angeles Lakers fans. Their favorite team went up against the Golden State Warriors in what was the most anticipated game of the season. This was the first time since LeBron James joined the Lakers that he went up against the Warriors.
For the Los Angeles Lakers, this was probably the most successful game of the regular season. They led by 15 points at the end of two quarters at Oracle Arena and finished the game with a 26 point lead. However, something bad happened in the third quarter of the game.
With about eight minutes left in the third quarter, LeBron James was seen complaining to pain in his groin area. Apparently, he lost his footing and tweaked his left groin. He was able to walk of the court and did not return to play that night. After the game, he told reporters:
“JUST OVEREXTENDED MY GROIN I GUESS. WITH INJURIES, I’M NEVER TOO CONCERNED WITH THEM. I WAS ABLE TO WALK OFF ON MY OWN POWER. I FELT A POP AND [TRIED TO] SEE IF I COULD STRETCH IT A FEW TIMES TO SEE IF IT WOULD RELIEVE, BUT IT DIDN’T.”
According to recent reports, James is feeling better but not good enough to make a comeback. Lakers coach Luke Walton said that LeBron has started shooting, but he is still not ready to play with his team. So, we will not see him on the court tonight when his team takes on the Thunder.
This will be the fourth consecutive game that the Lakers will be without LBJ’s expertise. They have had a few losses since LeBron suffered his injury, but they have been getting used to not relying on him all the time. This injury turned out to be a positive thing for the team’s young core.