The Lakers need some wins. Fast. Los Angeles is the No. 10 seed in the West — the final play-in spot — with just a one-game lead over San Antonio. Fivethirtyeight.com projects the Spurs to finish ahead of the Lakers by one game and claim that last postseason spot.
LeBron rolled his ankle Sunday in a loss to the Pelicans, and his movement and shooting were clearly impacted by the end of the game (he shot 2-of-8 in the fourth). After the game, LeBron said his ankle was “horrible” and had a limp.
LeBron is officially doubtful for Tuesday’s game in Dallas. The Lakers struggle on offense without LeBron — 6.1 points per 100 possessions worse — as he is their primary and, by far, best shot creator.
On the bright side for Lakers fans, Anthony Davis went through a full practice with the team Monday according to coach Frank Vogel, although he is listed as doubtful as well for Tuesday’s game. Davis has been out since mid-February with a foot sprain but has been doing on-court work and nearing a return.
The hope for the Lakers is to have both LeBron and Davis healthy for a postseason run that will start with the Lakers in the play-in and then — if they can win two games — facing the Suns in the first round. That’s a challenging road, but they will be a tough out with LeBron and Davis together, something we have only seen for 21 games this season.
If the Lakers can win enough games to make the play-in.