The Los Angeles Lakers’ playoff chances are starting to fade away. On Monday, the Lakers lost to the Los Angeles Clippers 113-105. This was one of many important games for the Lakers, as the regular season is coming to an end. The Lakers have 18 games remaining this season and are fighting for a playoff spot and their odds are becoming slimmer. Their loss to the Clippers was their third straight loss. Now, the Lakers find themselves 10th in the Western Conference with a record of 30-34.
The Lakers’ remaining schedule is not in their favor. Their next game is today against the Denver Nuggets. Then, they play teams such as the Toronto Raptors, the Milwaukee Bucks and so on. So, there is a possibility that they will lose a few more games.
Despite their diminishing playoff chances, LeBron James has no intentions of sitting out games for the rest of the season. After their loss to the Clippers, James spoke with the media about the possibility of sitting out. He is against sitting out and wants to play the rest of the season.
“That would take a lot of convincing from Luke [Walton] on up,” James said. “Unless I’m hurt, I’m not sitting games.”
According to ESPN, no one from the Lakers organization has approached James about sitting out games. While the conversations have not taken place, he expects them.
“That conversation hasn’t occurred, but I’m sure it can happen soon,” James said.
If the Lakers want to make the playoffs, they must reach the San Antonio Spurs. The Spurs are the eighth in the Western Conference. They have a record of 36-29. The Lakers are five games behind the Spurs.
The Lakers may not make the playoffs this year, but it will be a learning experience. They are a young team that has playoff potential. James and the Lakers should finish out this season and prepare for what’s next. The offseason could bring drastic changes and make the Lakers the playoff team they strive to become.
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