LeBron: Playoff odds slim, but 'finish out strong'

Paola Ditto
Marzo 15, 2019

LeBron James might miss out on the National Basketball Association playoffs this season but the Lakers forward is confident he will be back in the postseason mix in years to come.

Also, Bulls guard Kris Dunn scored 18 points, had seven rebounds and made nine assists.

Despite the Lakers' plan to scale back James' minutes for the remainder of the season - with the 32-minute range being a guidepost - coach Luke Walton was prepared to sub James back into the game with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and his team up by 10, sending him to the scorer's table to check in. He took over after the Lakers' 14-point lead was cut to four with 8:38 left, making a jumper and then on the next possession going through the lane for a thunderous dunk. "Everybody had a joy for the game, happy for each other. It felt like everybody got shots tonight".

His first highlight-reel slam came early in the third quarter, in the form of a very rare full court, bounce-pass alley-oop.

"We're still playing playoff teams", James said.

Elfrid Payton had his second consecutive triple-double for the Pelicans, who lost their fourth straight, finishing with 14 points, a career-high 15 rebounds and 11 assists.

This may have been a bit of a wasted season for LeBron, but his performance on Tuesday night was a good reminder that even as he approaches the twilight of his career, he's still one of the most exciting players around.

Fast forward to mid-March and the Lakers find themselves on the outside looking in with not many games to go to correct their issues enough to qualify for the postseason. If you told me we were healthy, I would've told you there is something wrong. "They'll get an opportunity to learn, and I get an opportunity to play with them, so we can take that out of it for sure".

With 15 games left in the season, the Lakers are 6.5 games behind the Utah Jazz for the 8th spot in the West. "Our training/medical is optimistic so he wants to play".

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