Even though there weren't many expectations heading into the season, it's safe to say that the Los Angeles Lakers have been a disappointment in year one under LeBron James. Twelve of the Lakers' 18 remaining games are against playoff teams, and they depart on a five-game swing through the East next week.
"I've been talking about it for a while now", James aaid about the playoffs. After the defeat the bet was taken off the board. This is the Lakers 3rd-straight loss as their record worsens to 30-34. However, the Lakers will need to find their "A" game as soon as possible while hoping at the same time other teams take a hard stumble.
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.
Sacramento challenging San Antonio seems far more likely than the Lakers.
Patrick Beverley asserted during the preseason that his Clippers were the best team in Los Angeles. The Kings have lost four of its last six. Minnesota has won three of its last six, and could very well catch the struggling Lakers.
"They would have made the playoffs if he wasn't injured".
The Lakers are now tenth in the Western Conference with a record of 30-34.
Earning a better draft pick in this year's NBA Draft could go a long way in accomplishing that, perhaps attaching the pick to a couple of this team's young core would be enough to make this team significantly better. "I can't speak for everybody else", James said. "Continue to be a professional, and be as great as you can be every single night, no matter the circumstances". "Cause someone is always watching". When asked about that scenario Monday night, he bristled at the suggestion. Boos could be heard throughout the arena as James and the team limped through the final 12 minutes.
The Lakers led by as many as 10 late in the first quarter.
Coach Luke Walton, facing rampant speculation about his job security, had no interest in gauging the playoff implications of Monday's result or of the Lakers' 22nd loss in the last 26 games against their crosstown rivals.
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