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LeBron James strains groin, questionable for Saturday vs. Portland

Dec 28, 2013, 8:00 AM EDT

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If you were looking forward to a full strength Miami Heat team taking on the Trail Blazers Saturday, you may be disappointed.

LeBron James strained his groin in the second quarter of the Heat’s loss to the Kings Friday night and is questionable for the anticipated Saturday showdown, so reports Ethan Skolnick of Bleacher Report.

But, after he spoke to the media, and revealed that he’d strained his groin sometime way back in the second quarter, James’ discomfort became painfully clear.

The simple walk to the shower was a struggle.

“It ain’t feeling too good right now,” James said.

Of course the real test is how it feels when LeBron wakes up Saturday morning. However groins, like hamstrings, can be easy to re-injure and linger if they don’t heal right the first time.

Which is to say, expect the Heat to error on the side of caution and sit LeBron Saturday.

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Not that other teams are weeping for Miami about this. Especially not when you look around the East and see Derrick Rose, Rajon Rondo, Brook Lopez, and now Al Horford out for extended periods of time. LeBron is not going to be out that kind of time, But he needs to get this right before returning.

What we do miss out on is the full showdown with the Trail Blazers.

  1. miamiheatdynasty - Dec 28, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    I expect to see 1000 likes and retweets for this. Naysayers love negative reports about LeBron.

  2. dls612 - Dec 28, 2013 at 8:25 AM

    Not worth the risk! Even if he’s feeling ok they should sit him out for precautionary reasons especially playing a back to back !I can deal with not seeing him play now than later in the season.

  3. davidly - Dec 28, 2013 at 8:36 AM

    To err is human.

  4. fotydaze - Dec 28, 2013 at 8:58 AM

    Injury wise, he’s led a charmed life. Will be interesting to see how he and the Heat deal with superman being flawed

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:21 AM

      The Heat have been pretty consistent in their conservative management of player injuries; the fact that it’s LeBron would hardly suggest a change in that approach, would it?

  5. ndnut - Dec 28, 2013 at 9:14 AM

    I’m kind of cheering for a LeBron injury because I live in the city where the Heat’s D-League affiliate plays, and he might get a rehab assignment.

  6. cantonbound13 - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:10 AM

    Princess Leaha & JimmyJohn have been trying to get a hold of LeBron to rub it for him.

  7. m4a188 - Dec 28, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Time for some more HGH.

    • muhangis - Dec 29, 2013 at 7:13 AM

      LBJ is on the HGH, no doubt about it

  8. cantonbound13 - Dec 28, 2013 at 11:53 AM

    Eventually the body breaks down after excessive PED use. Ask A-Rod, McGwire, Sosa & Wade, allegedly of coarse.

    • muhangis - Dec 29, 2013 at 7:11 AM

      Don’t mistake steroids with HGH. Completely different as far as long term effects! HGH has proven positive long term effects. That is why it is seen as the most powerful anti-aging drug. Do your homework.

  9. drewdatwit84 - Dec 28, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    HGH hmm? PED’s? you people are a imbecilic pathetic waste of existence… bcuz he’s more talented than, richer than, and much more physically blessed than YOU, oh he MUST be either on steroids or with the illuminati or anything ridiculous that your hapless minds can randomly hatch, hmm? you ppl are sad and hopeless smh… I could be wrong and maybe he’s on it. but WHY would your mind think negatively about anyone in such a foul manner? LeBron could very well be a clean God-fearing upstanding role model. and until proven otherwise (like Lance Armstrong for example), you ppl shouldn’t think he’s on HGH or any other PED’s…. it’s called being a POSITIVE INDIVIDUAL, not a LeBron fan.

    • cantonbound13 - Dec 28, 2013 at 4:10 PM

      Let’s see, receding hairline at age 18 & 260 lbs all muscle? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out. You go on being naive. I bet you think all football players & wrestlers are natural also.

  10. brotherlove2012 - Dec 28, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    The receding hairline could be a family’s trait. It’s the 260 lbs of muscle at 6% bodyfat I get stuck on. I do understand that we’re facing an outstanding physical specimen in Lebron James but sometimes an athlete will use PEDs just to get through the grind of playing and training all year long. Anyway, most people would do it in a heartbeat if it meant making millions.

  11. fnf417 - Dec 28, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Play through it he’s the king MJ would have

  12. fnf417 - Dec 28, 2013 at 6:57 PM

    LoL it wouldn’t surprise me if he did they will let him by with whatever cause of who he is much like Peyton Manning in the NFL

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