LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers appear to be in trouble of missing the Western Conference playoffs as they have lost four out of their last five games.
Their most recent loss to the Atlanta Hawks is a concerning one as they were the clear favorites heading into the game. Despite a triple-double performance from James, the Lakers were still unable to overcome a rebuilding Hawks team.
With only 25 games left in the 2018-2019 NBA season, Los Angeles has some serious ground to make up to get back into playoff position. As things stand now, they are three games out of the eighth spot and still have a difficult schedule remaining.
However, James remains calm about where his team stands following the 117-113 loss to the Hawks, according to Matthew Moreno of Lakers Nation:
“Until you either make it or don’t make it. That’s when you worry about it.”
It is hard to imagine a James-led team missing the playoffs given their penchant for making runs late in the regular season when they need to. James’ Cleveland Cavaliers teams underperformed during the season before truly playing up to their potential.
However, the major difference between those Cavaliers teams and this Lakers team is that James had stars playing alongside him in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. This current team lacks the kind of secondary star power James has had in the past and it may lead to them missing the playoffs.
Fortunately for the Lakers, they have 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend to recalibrate and refocus themselves before the final months of the season. Hopefully, James and the rest of the Lakers can pick up their play and push for one of the final playoff berths come April.