In­jured LeBron to sit out three more games

Sunday Observer - - SPORT -

LOS AN­GE­LES – NBA su­per­star LeBron James, who has al­ready missed four games with a strained left groin, will miss at least three more be­fore be­ing re- eval­u­ated, the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers an­nounced on Fri­day.

James suf­fered the in­jury on De­cem­ber 25 when the Lak­ers beat de­fend­ing NBA cham­pion Golden State 127-101. The Lak­ers have dropped three of four games with­out the four-time NBA Most Valu­able Player.

The Lak­ers said James will not play on Fri­day at home against New York or travel on the club’s road trip to Min­nesota to­day and Dal­las to­mor­row.

James, who has been re­ceiv­ing daily treat­ment by the Lak­ers train­ing and med­i­cal staff, is mak­ing progress on his re­cov­ery and will be re-eval­u­ated in a week, mak­ing his avail­abil­ity for next Wed­nes­day’s home game against Detroit un­likely.

His next eval­u­a­tion would come next Fri­day, the same day the Lak­ers visit Utah. Two days later, the Lak­ers will en­ter­tain James’ former club, the Cleve­land Cava­liers. James, a three-time NBA cham­pion who has played in the past eight NBA Fi­nals, left Cleve­land in July to sign with the Lak­ers. James ranks fifth in the NBA in scor­ing with 27.3 points a game, and is also av­er­ag­ing 8.3 re­bounds and 7.1 as­sists a game. At 21-17, the Lak­ers hold the eighth and fi­nal play­off po­si­tion in the West­ern Con­fer­ence.

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