As of right now, the Los Angeles Lakers have a .1% chance of making the playoffs according to the BPI. They essentially have to go undefeated for the rest of the season to make it and hope the San Antonio Spurs and/or Los Angeles Clippers struggle in the last stretch.
Last night, to have any sort of chance of the postseason, the Lakers had to beat the Clippers at home. Unfortunately, that did not happen and it pretty much knocked the Lake Show out of the playoffs almost officially.
After the game, LeBron James was asked about shutting down for the season after NBA analysts and pundits suggested L.A. did so to preserve his health.
In the media, he said that’s a conversation he’d have to have with Coach Luke Walton, but he told ESPN he’s planning on playing every game from here on out. He mentioned that barring injuries, he’s going to be out there on the court.
That conversation hasn’t occurred, but I’m sure it can happen soon. That would take a lot of convincing from Luke [Walton] on up. Unless I’m hurt, I’m not sitting games.”
If you were the Lakers, what would you do? Would you sit LeBron for the rest of the season and tank for a chance to draft higher or use the better draft pick as an asset this summer? Or let LBJ play out the year in this losing fashion? It’ll be interesting how it manifests as we get to the end.
Either way, the Lake Show are washed this season.