LeBron James is expected to miss the Los Angeles Lakers' game versus the Houston Rockets Thursday (US time), The Athletic's Bill Oram reported, citing soreness in James' groin.
Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (thigh) was listed as questionable, too,
Both the Lakers and the Rockets enter their Western Conference showdown fresh off losses.
James was 7 of 19 from the field with 19 points and 11 rebounds in Los Angeles' 105-86 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder Wednesday, the Lakers' worst outing in the seedings tournament.
Meanwhile, Westbrook was subpar in the Rockets' 110-102 loss to the Portland Trailblazers Tuesday, tallying just 15 points on 5-of-14 field-goal shooting.
The Lakers (51-16) have clinched the top seed in the West, while the Rockets (42-25) are looking to get into the top 4.
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