The Los Angeles Lakers are prepared to be without superstar LeBron James for at least four more games.
The four-time MVP hasn't played since straining his groin during a game against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas day, and the lakers are 1-4 without him.
On Friday, the team reported that the player will miss their upcoming road trip and will be evaluated again in a week's time.
LeBron James will not travel on the team’s upcoming two-game road trip and will be re-evaluated in one week.https://t.co/0bpY9dHNDV— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 4, 2019
"LeBron James will miss at least four more games with the Los Angeles Lakers while he recovers from a left groin strain," a report from NBA.com reads.
"LeBron James, who has been out since suffering a strained left groin on December 25 vs. Golden State, is receiving daily treatment by the team’s training and medical staff and continues to progress with his recovery," the Lakers reported via their own website.
"He will not travel on the team’s upcoming two-game road trip and will be re-evaluated in one week."
James' absence has proven a big blow for the Lakers, who, as mentioned above, have only won a single game since they lost him. They fell to the New York Knicks at home on Friday night and will be facing strong opposition over the course of the next four games, with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons, and Utah Jazz all up next.
What This Means
LeBron is averaging 27.3 points, 8.3 rebounds and 7.1 assists in his first season with the Lakers and all of their offense flows through him. The seemingly indestructible forward played 156 straight games before getting injured last month and his presence has been sorely missed.
The veteran presence of Rajon Rondo on the floor is also missing, with the guard injuring his hand again. and it's certainly looking like Luke Walton's youngsters simply can't cope without their leaders.