Lakers feel LeBron James’ absence but ‘cautious’ over his return

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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. Brandon Ingram scores 22 and Lonzo Ball almost records a triple-double with 20 points, 9 rebounds and 12 assists.

The Los Angeles Lakers looked just fine for 3 ½ quarters in their first game without LeBron James.

Bogdanovic had a team-high 23 points, with 12 of those coming in the fourth quarter.

Lakers head coach Luke Walton said the decision on when James plays next will be made in conjunction with the superstar and the team's medical staff.

National Basketball Association fans are set to see a very different version of the 2018-19 Los Angeles Lakers for the foreseeable future.

LeBron James could miss several games after suffering a groin strain.

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"It's a tough way to lose", said Kyle Kuzma, who.

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.

However, Walton had confirmed before the game that the Lakers are taking a cautious approach to James' recovery. "Hopefully, it is not a long thing and I can get back on the floor as soon as possible". "We scrambled around and got loose balls and were able to get out in transition".

The Kings are the first team to win three consecutive home games when trailing by 15 points or more since San Antonio did it during the 2016-17 season.

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

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