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LeBron James To Miss Game In Utah Due To Injury Re-evaluation

Jan 9, 2019, 2:57 PM | Updated: 3:23 pm
LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at ...
LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on against the Brooklyn Nets during their game at the Barclays Center on December 18, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Los Angeles Lakers head coach Luke Walton confirmed that LeBron James will not be traveling to Utah to face the Jazz on Friday night.

James has been out of the Lakers lineup since suffering a groin injury on Christmas Day. He will have a medical re-evaluation Friday in Los Angeles while his teammates do battle against the Jazz at Vivint SmartHome Arena.

Since James’ injury, the Lakers have gone 2-5. They currently sit in eighth place in the Western Conference with a 22-19 record.

In 15 career appearances in Salt Lake City, James has an average of 30.4 points per game. That said, the Jazz have gotten the best of him most of the time as he holds just a 5-10 record against Utah at Vivint SmartHome Arena.

Standing room only tickets were being marked up for $48 on StubHub, but are expected to decline in price due to James’ absence.

Fans React

Many fans were disappointed at the news that they will miss out on this opportunity to see the world’s most famous athlete in action.

Kuzma Slated To Return To Utah

The Lakers also feature former University of Utah forward Kyle Kuzma, who has become a star in the NBA. He holds an average of 18.2 points per game with 5.8 rebounds.

Broadcast Info

The game between the Jazz and LeBron-less Lakers is scheduled for Friday at 8 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on ESPN.

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