Los Angeles Lakers rule out LeBron James vs. Golden State Warriors

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Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James will miss the game against the Golden State Warriors with a sore groin.

The Los Angeles Lakers are once again on a roll. After defeating the New Orleans Pelicans on Tuesday night, the team is riding a six-game winning streak and have won eight of their last nine games.

On Thursday, they will travel to take on the Golden State Warriors, looking to push those winning streaks to another game and continue opening up their lead in the Western Conference. However, if they want to do that, they will have to do it without one half of their star duo.

The team announced that LeBron James will miss tomorrow’s game against the Warriors. He is being listed as out with a sore groin.

James dealt with a severe groin injury last season and has grabbed at it once or twice in recent games. However, this looks to just be a maintenance day for James against a Warriors team that has the worst record in the NBA.

This news truly comes out of nowhere. James just dropped a season-high 40 points on the Pelicans to go along with eight rebounds, six assists and one block. The Pelicans had no answer for James, as he scored from every level, shooting 17-of-27 from the field and 5-of-11 from distance.

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After missing the most games in a single season during the 2018-19 campaign, James has been very healthy this season. He has played in 54 of 56 games, one of which was also missed because of groin discomfort.

Anthony Davis is listed as probable with a sore left elbow. Davis looked to suffer that ailment against the Pelicans on a defensive possession in the second half.

As long as Davis is in the lineup, the Lakers should have more than enough firepower to take care of a Warriors team playing mostly for ping pong balls at this point.

With James out of the lineup, expect Kyle Kuzma to be inserted into the starting five. He has played well while in the starting lineup, averaging 20.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists as a starter this season.

In addition to Kuzma, Rajon Rondo should also see an increase in minutes as the team’s lead playmaker with James sidelined.

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Markieff Morris should also see more playing time after playing 15 minutes in his Lakers debut. Jared Dudley could also be inserted into the rotation for some minutes off the bench as well.