Twelve of the Lakers' 18 remaining games are against playoff teams, and they depart on a five-game swing through the East next week.
Kobe Bryant walk out to center court during his jersey retirement ceremony at halftime of a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Late in the game, they lost Kyle Kuzma to a sprained ankle.
The blowout also gave head coach Doc Rivers a chance to rest his quality players ahead of arguably the biggest matchup of the season on Monday against the Lakers, which could potentially give the Clippers a six game lead on the Lakers in the race for the final Western Conference playoff spots.
The Lakers have only a slim chance of making the playoffs, but Walton is encouraged by the manner in which they have united in adversity.
James, 34, said there had been no discussion about his playing a reduced role but admitted it might be a possibility in future. They already are without Lonzo Ball, while Lance Stephenson, Tyson Chandler and Brandon Ingram are all questionable for the game.
Barring a miracle, James, who made the Finals in each of the past eight seasons, will miss the postseason for the first time since 2004-05, his second season.Читайте также: R. Kelly's 'girlfriends' come to his defense in CBS interview
"Everyone has been talking about the postseason, [but] we should be anxious about each and every game and how we can continue to get better with our process and get better with our team". This season, when the Lakers have received 50% or more of bets, they have gone 16-29-1 (35.6%) ATS.
According to The New York Times, the Lakers are mindful that replacing their coach now would achieve very little with just over a month left in the regular season.
"We've got too much work to do to start reflecting right now", Walton said. The more lopsided the action, the worse the team has performed.
The bleak scenario has prompted some to question whether the Lakers would be better served by declaring the season a bust, and preserving James' body for the challenges of the 2019-2020 campaign.
"That conversation hasn't occurred, but I'm sure it can happen soon", James told ESPN. "Cause someone is always watching".При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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