LeBron James Out At Least One More Week With Groin Injury

Annette Crawford
January 11, 2019

LeBron James' groin injury has taken more time than expected to heal, as the initial assessment of James' injury has now gone out of the window and the star has been out for the last 8 games, with confirmation coming in that he'll be missing the Utah Jazz game too.

The 34-year-old superstar has not played since straining his groin against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day.

Kyle Kuzma has stepped up in James' absence and scored a career-high 41 points in their last game against the Detroit Pistons. The Utah Jazz are averaging 107.8 points on 46.4 percent shooting and allowing 105.5 points on 46 percent shooting.

But after some extra work the day before, Kuzma came out on fire Wednesday night, sinking 16 of 24 from the field, including 5 of 10 from 3-point range. Brandon Ingram is the third double-digit scorer and JaVale McGee is grabbing 6.8 rebounds. The Los Angeles Lakers are shooting 34.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.6 percent from the free throw line. Kuzma, Ball and Hart are all in their second seasons in the National Basketball Association, while Ingram is in his third.

Assuming James does not return prior to the January 16 date provided by the Lakers, he will have missed 11 games up to that point.

The Jazz are coming off a 106-93 victory over Orlando Wednesday night when they had to overcome a 21-point first quarter deficit as well as a 19-point deficit in the third quarter, which they responded with a 25-3 run in the final eight minutes of the quarter. Even against a lackluster LeBron-less Lakers squad, the Jazz will have to be on their A-game to come away victorious.

The under has been a very popular trend not only when these teams meet, but in their games overall this season. When the Lakers and Jazz met back in November, they combined for 173 points.

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