LeBron James injury update: Lakers star (groin) says he hasn't ruled out playing vs. Kings, will undergo MRI

LeBron James left the Lakers’ game against the Warriors on Christmas Day with a strained groin. The team originally announced he was questionable to return but he was later ruled out.

The 33-year-old star suffered the injury midway through the third quarter. He met with trainers on the court, appeared to tell them he “felt a pop” and then headed back to the locker room. He grabbed 17 points and dished out 13 rebounds before exiting.

The Lakers (20-14) were leading Golden State (23-12) by 14 at the time James left with the injury. They went on to win 127-101.

James is considered day-to-day at this point, according to a report from ESPN, which cites an unidentified league source. But, he will undergo an MRI on Wednesday, coach Luke Walton said after the victory. 

Walton said the team will prepare as if James is not going to be on the floor when it returns to the court Thursday against the Kings. 

James, however, told ESPN after the game “the muscle is intact” and he hasn’t ruled out playing against Sacramento.

James entered the matchup against Golden State averaging 27.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game. He was shooting 51.8 percent from the field and 36 percent from 3-point range.