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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 basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018, in Oakland, Calif. The Lakers won 127-101. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

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

But his games-played streak will end anyway.

An MRI exam showed that the four-time NBA MVP merely strained his left groin in the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory at Golden State Warriors on Christmas night. James will likely be dealing with soreness for several days, and the Lakers said he won’t travel with them for their game Thursday in Sacramento.

From there, he will be listed as day-to-day.

“Dodged a bullet,” James tweeted.

Thursday will mark the first time James has sat since the final game of the 2016-17 regular season, which he took off for rest.

James had 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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