LOS ANGELES — A collision with Patrick Beverley in the first quarter of the Lakers‘ 111-106 loss Wednesday night to the Clippers caused LeBron James to aggravate a nagging groin injury and could cause the Lakers star to miss some game time moving forward.
“I felt healthy going into the game,” James said after finishing with 23 points on 9-for-24 shooting, with 10 assists and 9 rebounds. “I got kneed in the groin taking a charge from Pat Bev, and it kind of set me right back to where I was five days ago.”
Last Christmas, James suffered a torn left groin against the Golden State Warriors — the first major injury of his career — and it derailed both his and his team’s season.
The injury that James is currently dealing with is on the right side of his groin and is far less dire than the injury he sustained to the left side of his groin last season, but it could worsen with overuse.
James told ESPN the contact with Beverley caused the groin area to “flare up.” And James’ play clearly suffered from there. Ten of his 15 misses were on 3-pointers — the most 3s he has ever missed in a game in his 17-year career — and he attempted just four foul shots, as his drives to the lane were limited.
James was coming off both the groin discomfort and a thoracic muscle strain — a pull in the rib cage area — which caused him to miss his first game of the season in Sunday’s 128-104 home loss to the Denver Nuggets.
Even though the Lakers are now riding a season-worst, four-game losing streak, several members of the organization already have approached James about the urgency to sit out and rehab his groin injury