Kyle Kuzma, Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball are all now dealing with injuries.
Tyson Chandler (neck) and Lance Stephenson (toe) are questionable to face the Nuggets. "I told Shai (Gilgeous-Alexander), look (around) the room, there's seven people. watch at the end of the year (how many more there will be)". Big, big key guys.
Since a dramatic overtime victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on January 18, the Lakers are on a shocking 5-13 run, prompting the suggestions the team should preserve the health of James and look to improve their draft position ahead of next season.
The 23-year-old's career-high 18.8 points per game have made him the Lakers second-highest scorer this season behind LeBron James, while he has also averaged personal bests in field goal percentage and assists. Their odds to miss the playoffs now are even more telling (-900 which translates into a 90 percent chance they miss).
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. Rapper Snoop Dogg went on a profanity-laced videotaped tirade, calling for coach Luke Walton's firing and saying those around James were "goofballs".
"We've got too much work to do to start reflecting right now", Walton said. We're coming in tomorrow to get better because that's what we're supposed to do.
Unfortunately for James and the Lakers, he missed the shot.
If the Lakers resign to the fact that the playoffs are now out of reach, it might be time for Los Angeles to sit LeBron down for the remainder of the season. After missing out on the playoffs for the last six seasons, fans, analysts, media members, and oddsmakers were confident they would be back this year.
While the Lakers' playoff aspirations were extinguished on Monday, there's good cause to believe they have yet to hit rock bottom. "I'll continue to be a professional and be as great as you can be every single night".