LeBron James Won't Sit Out Games Despite Lakers' Shrinking Playoff Odds

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Rajon Rondo scored a season-high 24 points to go with 10 rebounds and 12 assists for his first triple-double with the Lakers. DeMarcus Cousins is another option who will be back on the market next season and will be most likely worked fully back into his top form following what will likely be a deep playoff run. The team has a tough schedule, with only six of their last 19 against teams that are below.500.

Kyle Kuzma is reportedly day-to-day with a sprained ankle.

"And it's still a winning team when LeBron plays, they're above.500 when he plays". The Lakers' record now sits at 30-34, 4.5 games behind the San Antonio Spurs for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. While it should have been a joyous occasion on a joyful day, it turned out to be the beginning of the end for the Lakers season.

Should the Lakers bring in one of these stars to play alongside LeBron James and their young core continues to develop, this could actually be a serious contender in the Western Conference come next season.

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Even though there weren't many expectations heading into the season, it's safe to say that the Los Angeles Lakers have been a disappointment in year one under LeBron James. "Everyone has been talking about the postseason, but we need to worry about each and every game and how we can get better with our team". With Lonzo Ball already sidelined and Ingram not battling a shoulder ailment, the Lakers are without three key rotation players. He missed more than a month with a hamstring injury during the month of January and if he's not entirely healed from said injury it would make sense for him to take the remainder of the season off.

The win over the Knicks was one of the easier victories on the season and the Clippers now sit at 36-29, with leads on San Antonio, Sacramento and the Lakers in the Western Conference playoff race.

He said it would take a lot of convincing for him to do that before saying that he is playing if he isn't hurt.

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