Lakers drop fourth straight, LeBron James exits fourth quarter with groin injury

 

The Los Angeles Lakers lost their fourth straight game Wednesday night, dropping to 2-9 on the season in a 114-101 loss to the LA Clippers.

To make matters worse in Laker Land, LeBron James exited the court midway through the fourth quarter and did not return because of a groin injury.

LeBron James of the Lakers wipes his face during the LA Clippers game at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2022.
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“I didn’t do anything extraneous on the play,” James said after the game, according to the New York Post. “Just when I landed, I felt a little spasm or strain in my groin. So immediately I had to come out after that on the next play down when I went to the free throw line.

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“I feel good, besides the injury,” James added.

Lakers forward LeBron James spins on LA Clippers forward Marcus Morris Sr. on Nov. 9, 2022, at Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles.
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James, who has been dealing with left foot soreness, told reporters Wednesday that he plans on playing in LA’s next game against the Sacramento Kings.

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“You guys act like I sat out every game this season or something. I missed one game,” James said following Wednesday’s loss. “To be completely honest, if it was a playoff game, I probably would’ve played even though my foot was acting up. But I’ve played every game.

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“Hopefully I’ll be in the lineup [Friday against Sacramento]. It’s not an issue.”

Lakers forward LeBron James walks back to the defensive side of the court during the Cleveland Cavaliers game, Sunday, Nov. 6, 2022, in Los Angeles.
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James finished the night with 30 points, eight rebounds, and five assists, but the Lakers shot 31.3% from the three-point line and received just 21 points from the bench unit.

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“I mean it’s just a lot of adversity,” Lakers head coach Darvin Ham said, according to ESPN. “[James] has been trying his heart out just to be there for us and play at a high level. I thought he had it going really, really well tonight. But it just is something that it’s the NBA season, man. You got to be ready for a little bit of everything. We’ll see once he gets evaluated, and we’ll be ready to move forward.”