JAMES DAY TO DAY WITH GROIN STRAIN
Lakers superstar LeBron James will be day to day with a groin strain sustained during the third quarter of Tuesday’s game against the Golden State Warriors, sources familiar with the examination said Wednesday.
On Wednesday morning, James had an MRI exam that offered no surprises, the sources said. An initial examination on Tuesday night revealed that his muscles were intact and the strain seemed minor.
“Dodged a bullet! Sheesh!” James said Wednesday on Twitter. He added the hashtag: #backinnotime.
Still, groin injuries can linger if they are not given the proper time to heal, so the rarely injured 14-time All-Star is likely to miss at least Thursday’s game against the Sacramento Kings. As of Wednesday morning, no official word had been given on his status for that game and it was unclear whether he would travel to Sacramento.
Christmas ratings: The NBA had its mostwatched Christmas schedule since 2011 – the season opener that year after a lockout – with 10.2 million viewers tuning in for the Lakers’ victory over Golden State.
ESPN says Wednesday that the audience for that game, the first matching the defending champion Warriors and LeBron James since he moved to Los Angeles, was its fifthlargest for one on Christmas.
The five games Tuesday averaged 5.8 million viewers, an increase of 14 percent from last year.