The team fell from the heart of the playoff picture to near mathematical-elimination in the time he was out and since his return. It most likely will not be the Lakers.
The Los Angeles Lakers pay a visit to the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on Tuesday night. Changing course was a risk that failed to pay off as the Lakers have posted the league's ninth-worst offensive rating en route to a 31-36 record, far out from playoff contention. "I'm going to play as hard as I can for however long I can". While a loss on the night would nearly certainly put the dagger in what already seems like a futile effort, the win (albeit expected) was necessary to keep the Lakers afloat. With the exception of his free-throw percentage (a career low.658) his statistics are comparable with the past thirteen seasons. LeBron missed extended time and the youth the Lakers have touted have not taken the necessary leaps - and they were not enough to pry Anthony Davis from the Pelicans at the trade deadline. Is there any level of confidence around Los Angeles that they can actually put their cap space to use with a second superstar-level player? It appears he may have.
It was James' highest-scoring game since December 18. New York, which got 21 points from Emmanuel Mudiay, scored fewer than 100 points for the fourth straight game.
Ingram is averaging 8.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game for South Bay. He is followed byKyle Kuzma (18.8), Brandon Ingram (18.3), and JaVale McGee (11.1).
James, who will turn 35 next season, signed a four-year deal with the Lakers over the summer. McGee is healthy and having one of his best seasons.
And James says the final matches of the season could be crucial in helping the young Lakers squad.
That had Jackson saying flatly, "Okay, LeBron James is not getting traded".
As they work to balance youth and experience hope springs eternal.
According to reports, Lonzo Ball is expected to stay out for the remainder of the season due to an ankle injury.