LeBron James injury update: Lakers star (groin) will undergo MRI after leaving game vs. Warriors

LeBron James left the Lakers’ game against the Warriors on Christmas Day with a strained groin. The team originally announced he was questionable to return but he was later ruled out.

The 33-year-old star suffered the injury midway through the third quarter. He met with trainers on the court, appeared to tell them he “felt a pop” and then headed back to the locker room. He grabbed 17 points and dished out 13 rebounds before the injury.

An initial exam of the injury revealed that “all is intact” and it was a “slight groin strain,” according to a report from Yahoo Sports. 

James is considered day-to-day at this point, according to a report from ESPN, which cites an unidentified league source. But, he will undergo an MRI on Wednesday, coach Luke Walton said after the victory. 

Walton said the team will prepare as if James is not going to play when it returns to the court Thursday against the Kings. 

James entered the matchup against Golden State averaging 27.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game. He was shooting 51.8 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range.

The Lakers (20-14) were leading Golden State (23-12) by 14 at the time James exited the game. They went on to win 127-101.