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News from Los Angeles this morning as it appears the Lakers will be playing a couple of games without their captain Lebron James. After Tuesday nights stunning victory over the defending champion Golden State Warriors, the Lakers learned Lebron sustained a strain in his left groin. Although he missed an extremely serious injury the Lakers are prepared to play without the 14 times All-Star.
The return of Lebron is never a question, the main concern is when will the King return. James has never had to deal with an injury to the groin this bad, the 33-year-old will have to see how his body reacts to the treatment. LBJ is known for taking the extra measure to not miss an extensive amount of time out due to injury, but LA seems to not want to risk anything and will keep their captain out as long as needed rather than aggravate the groin and further injure it.
Thursday nights game against the Kings will be the first game Lebron misses after being on the hardwood for 156 consecutive games including regular and postseason games. It is expected that Kyle Kuzma and Brandon Ingram will step up and take on a bigger role with Lebron being out. Lebron is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 7.1 assists this season so it is definitely a gap to fill for the younger guys. Lakers are currently the 4th seed in the Western Conference so they will look to maintain leverage while Lebron is out.