After a scorching hot start to open the season, the Los Angeles Lakers have dropped 4-straight as they fall to 24-7 on the year.
But last night's heartbreaking loss came with much bigger consequences -- the status of their star player LeBron James. According to James, a collision with Patrick Beverley in the first quarter caused Bron to reaggravate a nagging groin injury.
"I felt healthy going into the game," James said after finishing with 23 points on 9-for-24 shooting, with 10 assists and 9 rebounds. "I got kneed in the groin taking a charge from Pat Bev, and it kind of set me right back to where I was five days ago."
James was dealing with a similar injury last season. After suffering a torn left groin against Golden State -- the first major injury of his career -- he was unable to successfully rebound, and it derailed the Lakers' season.
This time around, though the injury itself seems much less serious, it could have similar results if not handled with care.
Despite the team now riding a season-worst four-game losing streak, several members of the Lakers already have approached James about the urgency to sit out and rehab his groin injury until he feels fully recovered.
Clearly they plan to play things safe going forward, even if it will cost them regular-season games.