LeBron James, Lakers Watch Helplessly as Playoff Hopes Likely Disappear

LeBron James, Lakers Watch Helplessly as Playoff Hopes Likely Disappear

Why would he leave a playoff team on the rise just to join a spiraling franchise that will not get into the playoffs despite possessing one of the greatest players in the history of the game? His injury just adds to the list of bad things that have happened to this Lakers team this year. Despite lacking ideal height for a modern National Basketball Association forward, Williamson already weighs in heavier than anyone in the National Basketball Association not named Boban Marjanovic, yet is arguably the most athletic prospect since LeBron James.

Since his return, as the Lakers tried to chase a postseason berth, he upped his workload, playing 40-plus minutes in five of L.A.'s past eight games.

James made the comments to ESPN after the Lakers' latest loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, a crippling blow to the team's playoff chances. Back to back losses to bottom placed Phoenix Suns, followed by 113-105 loss to Los Angeles Clippers, the Lakers now have a 30-34 record and sit five 5.5 games behind San Antonio Spurs; the eight-placed team.

The Phoenix Suns last night defeated the first-placed team of the Eastern Conference, the Milwaukee Bucks, 114:105. Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball are all now dealing with injuries.

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Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils watches his team during the second half of their game at against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 05, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. That was, perhaps more than any game this season, a "must win" for the Lakers considering that the Clippers now own the tiebreaker* even if the Lakers managed to erase a 5-game deficit in the standings.

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Unfortunately for James and the Lakers, he missed the shot.

Monday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers may have been the final nail in their playoff coffin. More importantly, it put them 2-0 up in the season series over their local rivals, which means they hold the tiebreaker.

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