Lakers’ LeBron James to miss at least 2 more games with strained left groin
Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James will miss at least the next two games as he continues to rehabilitate a strained left groin, his agent, Rich Paul of Klutch Sports, told ESPN’s Dave McMenamin. James was expected to be re-evaluated on Wednesday after hitting the initial three-week timetable given to his inner circle upon suffering the injury on Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors.
James has missed 11 games so far and the Lakers have gone 4-7 in his absence, including a struggle to finish Tuesday’s 107-100 win against the hapless Chicago Bulls at Staples Center.
The Lakers will be utmost careful with his injury heading into the second half of the season, hoping to avoid aggravation and having him out of the lineup for much longer than expected.
LeBron James had not missed more than eight straight games with an injury during his previous 15 seasons in the league, making this the longest absence of his career, now-prolonging to 13 games in total.
Los Angeles has slipped from fourth place in a heavily-congested West to out of playoff contention, only regaining the eighth spot after a win over the Bulls and the tiebreaker benefit over the streaking Utah Jazz.
The Lakers are in real peril of missing out on the playoffs, with eighth to 14th place only separated by four games and the third and eighth seed only separated by three.