The LeBron James experience in Los Angeles has not gone as planned. While the Lakers were never considered legitimate threats to win the Western Conference, not making the playoffs was never in their plans.
However, with just 12 games left in the regular season, the Lakers sit well outside of the playoff race. Los Angeles is 9.5-games out of the final playoff spot in the West, and would need to win-out and get help from several teams in order to extend its season.
With the end in sight, and a rash of injuries, the Lakers decided it was time to place a minutes restriction on their star. Los Angeles announced LeBron James would play fewer minutes in the final few games of the year.
On Tuesday, the team announced LeBron won’t play tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks.
James will miss the game with a groin injury.
LeBron James will not play tonight due to a sore left groin.
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) March 19, 2019
LeBron suffered a groin injury in the early portion of the season, causing him to miss 18 games.
While LeBron was out, the Lakers’ chances of making the playoffs plummeted.
Considering that Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball are done for the season, it’s clear management will play it safe with James as well.
All eyes are on the NBA draft at this point.