LeBron James limps off court with groin injury in Lakers' loss to Clippers

The Los Angeles Lakers' very bad season may have just gotten worse.

LeBron James was seen limping off the court during the fourth quarter of Wednesday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. Minutes later, the Lakers announced James would not return due to left leg soreness.

Los Angeles, CA - November 09:  LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks up toward the video board against the LA Clippers in the second half of a NBA basketball game at the Crypto.com Arena in Los Angeles on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)
LeBron James wasn't around to see the Lakers lose to the Clippers again. (Photo by Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images)

Lakers head coach Darvin Ham didn't provide much clarity after the game, telling reporters James was dealing with leg discomfort and would be further evaluated by medical staff. But LeBron himself said he felt something in his groin and will get medical imagining.

Ham then confirmed Thursday that James sustained a left adductor strain. He is officially considered day-to-day, and is listed as doubtful for Friday's game against the Sacramento Kings.

Even some minor wear-and-tear isn't exactly what the Lakers want to see with James this early in the season, though, not when it increasingly looks like it will take another unbelievable effort from him to bring them back into the realm of respectability.

James has also been dealing with left foot soreness, missing Monday's loss to the Utah Jazz.

The Lakers ultimately fell to the Clippers 114-101 in a game that got away from them in the third quarter, where they were outscored 33-23 after trailing by two points at halftime. James finished with 30 points on 12-of-22 shooting (4-of-9 from deep) plus eight rebounds, five assists and two steals.

That wasn't enough against a Clippers team that is nothing if not deep, as seven of their players scored in double figures. Leading them was Paul George, who had 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting.