LeBron James leans over in pain after he was hurt against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Los Angeles Lakers breathed a sigh of relief Wednesday after learning that LeBron James' MRI exam confirmed a slight left groin strain. James is listed as day-to-day and could play Thursday in a road game against the Sacramento Kings.

James suffered the injury Tuesday in the third quarter of the Lakers’ 127-101 victory over the Golden State Warriors.

James said he hurt his groin on an offensive play as he slipped while Draymond Green tried to strip him of the ball. He played through the pain and then later asked for a timeout because he couldn't make it up the court.

After the game, James said he didn't know if he would miss games.

"I’m going to be around-the-clock tomorrow rehabbing and we’ll see how I feel on Thursday when we go to [Sacramento]," James told reporters Tuesday night.

Head coach Luke Walton said he would be cautious about bringing James back.

James, who turns 34 on Sunday, has played in 116 straight regular-season games, 94 percent of his career games and has never missed a playoff game.