The Lakers will be without their star player for even longer.
During a game on Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James went down with a groin injury. James hasn’t played since then and will have to miss at least another week of action, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Lakers released Thursday.
“LeBron James was evaluated by team medical staff and physicians today. The healing of James’ groin injury is progressing and James has been cleared to increase on-court functional basketball movements. A further update will be provided on January 16.”
So far the Lakers are 3-5 without James in the lineup and are traveling to Utah on Friday for a match against the Jazz. Between now and the 16th, he will also miss a game against his former squad, the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, as well as a game against the Chicago Bulls on Tuesday.
The Lakers sit at a record of 23-19 and hold the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.