LeBron James has not given up on the Los Angeles Lakers’ chances of salvaging their season following their defeat in a must-win game against the play-in tournament hopefuls, the New Orleans Pelicans. The Lakers were defeated by a score of 111-114 after failing to hold a six-point lead in the fourth quarter.
On the final play of the game, James missed the game-winning 3-point shot. The Lakers dropped to 11th place in the Western Conference standings, dealing another blow to their chances of qualifying for the play-in tournament. They are now a full game ahead of their 11th-place rivals, the San Antonio Spurs, and do not have the tie-breaker advantage.
During his media availability, LeBron spoke about the loss and the Lakers’ mindset moving forward. “It doesn’t end until it says we’re eliminated.” So I mean, until that point, we won’t know what our fate is, but for the time being, just keep moving forward. “
In their final five games, the Los Angeles Lakers will face the sixth-seeded Denver Nuggets twice, the league’s top team, the Phoenix Suns, the third-placed Golden State Warriors, and the OKC Thunder. The only way the Lakers can save their season is if they win 4-1 or 5-5 in these games.
Given that four of those games are against three of the best six conferences, LeBron James and company will face a difficult challenge to claim the tenth spot.
The Los Angeles Lakers took a significant step forward by including LeBron James and Anthony Davis in their lineup for their upcoming game against the New Orleans Pelicans. AD has been out since February 16th due to an ankle sprain. LeBron had an ankle injury and had missed the previous two games.
Despite their injuries, the pair looked fantastic when they returned. LeBron had 38 points. He also had eight rebounds on 13 of 23 attempts, while Anthony Davis had 23 points, 12 rebounds, and six assists. Both players were unrestricted in their play.
Davis and James. Their impressive performance may have led some to believe that the Lakers were on the verge of defeating the Pelicans. However, the two stars were unable to sustain the momentum until the end of the fourth quarter. They scored nine points on two of nine shots in the first period as LA blew a six-point lead and fell three points short of tying the game.