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Lakers’ LeBron James exits loss to Clippers with groin injury

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LOS ANGELES – Lakers star LeBron James walked out of Wednesday’s 114-101 loss to the LA Clippers halfway by the fourth quarter with a groin harm and didn’t return.

Group docs will consider James on Thursday and administer medical photographs of his groin to find out the extent of the harm.

James limped off the court docket with 5 minutes and 41 seconds left within the fourth interval and was grabbing his groin space. The workforce mentioned he was coping with ache in his left leg.

“I did not do something bizarre within the play,” James mentioned of the sequence when he appeared to tweak one thing whereas posting Clippers’ Paul George. “Simply after I landed, I felt a bit of spasm or stretch in my groin. So I instantly needed to come out after that on the following play after I went to the free-throw line.”

James, 37, suffered a left groin harm through the 2018-19 season – his first in Los Angeles – which noticed him miss 17 straight video games from late December to late January.

Evaluating his present discomfort to what he went by 4 years in the past, James mentioned, “It isn’t too unhealthy.”

James hasn’t dominated out enjoying in Friday’s subsequent LA sport in opposition to the Sacramento Kings.

“I am going for a stroll [the clock] remedy for twenty-four hours, and if it is all proper by Friday, I will be within the squad,” he mentioned.

The harm detracted from a powerful efficiency by James, who had 30 factors on 12 of twenty-two capturing, eight rebounds, 5 assists and two steals in 32 minutes.

Lakers coach Darvin Ham mentioned his message to James after the sport was “do what it’s essential do, simply handle your physique”. However dropping James – the workforce chief in minutes, factors and assists – for any size of time could be fairly a problem for a workforce that’s 2-9 after their fourth straight loss.

“I imply, it is simply loads of adversity,” Ham mentioned. 🇧🇷[James] has been attempting his coronary heart simply to be there for us and play at a excessive degree. I assumed he was doing actually, rather well tonight. But it surely’s one thing that is the NBA season, man. You must be prepared for a bit of little bit of every little thing. We’ll see when he is evaluated and we’ll be prepared to maneuver on.”

Ham mentioned he did not need anybody on the Lakers to really feel the should be a “hero” if James misses any sport motion, however Anthony Davis mentioned he’ll really feel compelled to tackle extra.

“For me, the mindset shifts to only going out and being aggressive and looking for methods to assist the workforce win – whether or not it is extra pictures or understanding that it is my job to enhance these guys,” mentioned Davis, who had 21 factors and 9 rebounds in opposition to clippers. “It is my job anyway. But it surely’s intensified when somebody like LeBron is out with every little thing he can do on the ground.”

James appeared comparatively calm in regards to the harm, saying, “I keep balanced it doesn’t matter what’s happening,” however there was one line of questioning that irked him throughout his post-game press convention: free throws.

He hit 2-4 from the road on Wednesday, marking the fifth time this season he has tried 4 free throws or fewer.

“I might additionally just like the whistle to sound after I’m hit,” James mentioned. “I’ve checked out loads of guys tonight making loads of pictures they usually’re going 9, 13 instances to the free-throw line.

“I’ve to study to flop or one thing. Critically. I must discover ways to do that. Slide my head again or do one thing to get to the free-throw line as a result of the ‘I misplaced’ [he hears as an explanation from the referees] It is getting very repetitive. It is three straight video games of ‘I misplaced'”.

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