If Lakers fans thought things couldn’t get worse after watching their team fall to 2-9 on the season, losing their ninth-straight game to the Clippers, they were wrong.
LeBron James slowly walked off the court with 5:41 left in the game and went straight to the locker room, not to return. After the game, coach Darvin Ham called it leg soreness, but it’s a tweak to his groin and LeBron will get an MRI on Thursday to determine the severity.
“I feel good, besides the injury,” James said postgame, via the Associated Press. “We’ll get pictures on it tomorrow and go from there. Didn’t do anything strenuous on the play. When I landed, I felt a little spasm or strain in my groin. Immediately I asked to come out on the next play down.”
LeBron said this was not as severe as the 2018 groin injury he suffered on Christmas Day, which kept him out for 17 games. This video appears to be the play where LeBron was injured, but it didn’t seem dramatic at the time.
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The Lakers get outscored by their opponents by 8.8 points per 100 possessions this season when LeBron is off the floor, any extended absence could see them dig an even deeper hole than the one they are already in.
Before he left the game, LeBron was one of the few bright spots for the Lakers, scoring 30 points to lead the team and shooting 4-of-9 from 3 against the Clippers. It was not enough, the Clippers got 29 from Paul George, one of seven Clippers to score in double figures, as the Clips led most of the way and cruised to a 114-101 win. The difference in the depth of the rosters was obvious in this game, with Norman Powell coming off the Clippers’ bench to score 18.