After a few losses in the past week the Los Angeles Lakers are facing an uphill battle. After Tuesday morning’s loss to the Clippers, the Lakers have now fell 5.5 games outside of the Western Conference playoff spot as they currently occupy 10th place with a 30-34 record.
Many doubt that the Lakers will make the Playoffs and that even the King Lebron James will not be able to save them. Making the playoffs is still possible but time is running out if they wish to end their five year run of not making the playoffs.
LA Battles It Out
On Tuesday the morning the Lakers looked to improve their hopes of making the playoffs. Those hopes were short lived after they went down to their neighbors the Los Angeles Clippers 113-105. Lebron scored 27 points, 8 rebounds and 6 assists while Rajon Rondo scored a triple-double but it still wasn’t enough as the Lakers fell short. The Lakers star Brandon Ingram couldn’t play due to a shoulder injury who many believe could’ve been the difference.
For the Clippers Danilo Gallinari and Lou Williams starred racking up 23 and 21 points respectively. The Clippers said they were the better team in LA and they certainly proved by extending their winning streak to three games and improved their record to 37-29.
James Anguish After The Game
Lebron recently stated that he is entering playoff mode and appeared to be very sure that the Lakers will make the playoffs but that doesn’t seem to be the case after consecutive losses to the Suns and now the Clippers. He appears to be getting frustrated but has remained positive. Lebron James said. “This is a team we’re chasing. We didn’t take care of business.” He clearly believes that it was a game that they should’ve won to improve their chances of making the playoffs.
Injuries Aren’t Helping
The Lakers have been hit by some huge injuries which are the biggest reason behind their struggles as their star youngsters have been out. Most notably would be Brandon Ingram who has averaged 27.8 points in his last six games. Another huge miss which occurred last night was Kyle Kuzma who left the game late with a sprained right ankle.
Lonzo Ball who has been doing fairly well this season is also being missed; he has been out for the last six weeks due to a left ankle sprain. Lebron said. “I haven’t been [in] a part of a season with this ton of injuries to all our key guys,” Lebron himself also missed five weeks at the back end of last year which saw the Lakers record suffer.
The best option for now is for the Lakers to take it one game at a time and play every game as if it’s a final. They also need to be hopeful that their key players return in time to help the team reach the playoffs. if not they will be sure to miss the playoffs and it’s been evident in their current run of losses.