LeBron James out vs. Kings; games streak ends at 156


The Los Angeles Lakers will be without their two most respected leaders on Thursday after the team ruled Rajon Rondo out against the Sacramento Kings with a sprained finger on his right shooting hand.

The Lakers reportedly expect James to miss at least a few games, according to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports.

Already without LeBron James due to a sprained left groin, the Lakers lost Rondo to a Grade 3 sprain to his right ring finger.

Team doctors officially diagnosed James with the injured groin after an MRI exam on Wednesday. James has displayed a tremendous capacity throughout his career to avoid extended absences with injury, but sources expected the Lakers and James will be careful not to risk further aggravation of the groin by returning too quickly. Unfortunately, his effort came in a heartbreaking loss that ended with a deflating 3-point buzzer beater by Kings forward Bogdan Bodganovic.

Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma drives around Sacramento Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Sacramento Calif. Thursday Dec. 27 2018
LeBron day-to-day with groin strain

"Obviously, we want him back soon as possible", said Walton.

James, who remained in Los Angeles while his teammates flew to Sacramento, has played in every game since the final game of the 2016-17 regular season, when he sat out to rest.

Lakers head coach Luke Walton said their game plan will change without James leading the charge and hinted that their star player could be out for a period of time. When you get the best closer in the game on your team, then you rely on him to do that.

Kyle Kuzma led the way for the LeBron-less Lakers with 33 points in Sacramento, while Lonzo Ball added 20 points, 12 assists and nine rebounds in a losing cause.

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