James' MRI shows groin strain, Lakers say he's day to day

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James grimaces after straining his left groin, during the second half against the Golden State Warriors in an NBA ba

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James grimaces after straining his left groin, during the second half against the Golden State Warriors in an NBA ba

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) grimaces after straining his left groin, during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) grimaces after straining his left groin, during the second half of the team's NBA basketball game against

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — LeBron James got good news Wednesday on his injured groin.

An MRI exam showed that the four-time NBA MVP merely strained his left groin in the Los Angeles Lakers' win over the Golden State Warriors on Christmas night. James will likely be dealing with soreness for several days, and the Lakers are listing him as day to day.

They play next on Thursday, against Sacramento.

James has appeared in 156 consecutive games, going back to the start of the 2017 playoffs with Cleveland. His last extended absence due to injury was an eight-game stint to deal with back and knee aches midway through the 2014-15 season.

James is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists this season, his 16th in the NBA and first with the Lakers.

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