Lakers forward Kuzma out for up to a week

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"He's got some time to get better there, and this [missing the playoffs] is not going to suddenly undo all of that good work".

This one is kind of a no-brainer. With just 18 games left in the regular season, LeBron James going on a historic run to win 18 straight games still wouldn't necessarily put the purple and gold in the postseason conversation.

The Lakers would have to finish, say, 13-5 if the Spurs finished 6-11 in order to leapfrog them in the standings.

Sacramento challenging San Antonio seems far more likely than the Lakers. For the Lakers, LeBron James scored 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists, and Rajon Rondo achieved a triple-double with 24 points, ten rebounds, and 12 assists. He heads into Tuesday's action averaging 18.8 points and 5.6 rebounds while shooting at a robust 47 percent from the field. The Lakers also have a 1.1 percent chance of landing the second pick, a 1.2 percent of getting the third pick, a 1.4 chance to secure the fourth pick, and a 2.3 chance to land the 14th pick. Many Lakers fans still haven't accepted the departure of the favorite Croatian player, and still criticize the club's management, who replaced Zubac for nearly nothing. 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.

However, Kuzma has already been ruled out for Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

Reggie Bullock has also been a key player, with 10.8 points per game and with five years of experience, he is one of the players who can contribute space and help the youngest players in the team.

At the time, Lonzo tweeted (with a smiley emoji), "Lakers ain't even makin the Playoffs".

"You keep playing to the end and see what happens".

The suggestion that LeBron could compete for the National Basketball Association title for the ninth consecutive season always seemed overly optimistic but there were few who doubted he would be involved in May. It simply isn't good enough to compete in the Western Conference and that's simply not acceptable for a LeBron-led team.

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