Los Angeles Lakers’ 111-106 loss to LA Clippers on Wednesday night is proving to be even more costly for Frank Vogel’s team. The Lakers not only picked up their fourth straight loss, but they also might have lost star LeBron James for an extended period.
According to reports, James aggravated a groin injury, which caused him to miss the team’s previous game against Clippers and is facing a yet unspecified break. The 34-year-old superstar could reportedly miss several of Lakers’ upcoming games while recovering.
Speaking with media after the game, in which he had 23 points, 10 rebounds, and nine assists, James revealed that he aggravated the injury during a first-quarter collision with Clippers’ guard Patrick Beverley.
“I felt healthy going into the game,” said James. “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.”
Sources close to the organization say that the team’s coaching staff is urging LeBron James to take a longer break in order to recover fully. James had a torn left groin last season, causing him to miss 17 consecutive games, which was most in his career. The present groin injury, however, isn’t considered to be serious like that.
James is currently averaging 25.7 points, 7.6 rebounds, 10.6 assists, and 1.2 steals per game.