Lakers prepared for LeBron James to miss multiple games with groin strain

Lakers prepared for LeBron James to miss multiple games with groin strain

The 33-year-old is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 7.1 assists per game in 34 games for the Lakers this season, his first season in Los Angeles. "We've got to do a better job closing out games and just being composed".

Rondo injured his finger during the Lakers' 127-101 win at Golden State on Christmas Day.

Walton blamed the loss on his team's failures in rebounding and defense late in the game and not on James' absence.

James' recovery is being taken "day by day", according to the Lakers, with the team next in action against the Kings on Sunday. "Hopefully, it is not a long thing and I can get back on the floor as soon as possible".

Before Bogdanovic's game-winner, the Lakers had a chance to cushion their lead by 3 but Brandon Ingram split his two free throw attempts, 116-114, with 4.5 seconds left.

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Iman Shumpert and Nemanja Bjelica scored 18 each, De'Aaron Fox also had a near triple-double with 15 points, 12 assists and 9 boards for the Kings.

Ball was on the bench for the final few minutes after checking out of the game due to cramping.

In the Lakers' next game against the Clippers on Friday, our models project Ball for 28.5 FanDuel points.

Kings: Fox made a buzzer-beating jumper to end the third quarter. No. 2 draft pick Marvin Bagley III remains sidelined with a left knee bone bruise. It was claimed the Lakers were preparing for James to miss several games owing to the significant strain he suffered.

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