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Game day updates: LeBron out, AD and Draymond probable

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The nationally-televised contest between the Warriors and the Lakers will be missing some star talent.

Los Angeles Lakers v Golden State Warriors Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Golden State Warriors host the Los Angeles Lakers tonight, which initially presented a great opportunity to watch some star talent. You shouldn’t watch for the hope of a win - the Warriors haven’t won a game in 24 days, and the Lakers are running away with the top seed in the West - but you could, in theory, watch to see some of the best players in the world.

That’s being compromised. On Wednesday afternoon, the Lakers announced that 16-time All-Star LeBron James will miss the game due to a sore groin. There’s a chance that his superstar running mate Anthony Davis, who is dealing with a sore left elbow, could also sit out, but Davis is listed as probable.

James missing the game is a bit of a bummer. The Warriors still have only the slimmest chance of winning (assuming Davis plays), but now defeat will be less entertaining.

On the bright side, the Warriors will be getting a little bit of their star power back. After missing the last two games, Draymond Green has been upgraded to probable after going through a scrimmage on Wednesday (of note: Steph Curry also partook in the scrimmage).

We may not get to watch the four-time MVP in James (or the two-time MVP in Curry), but we’ll likely get to see Green defend Davis, and that should be entertaining.

The Warriors and Lakers tip off at 7:30 p.m. PT on TNT.