Life support

Los Angeles Lakers season on life support after dropping Play-In

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The Los Angeles Lakers’ season is officially in jeopardy. Tuesday’s loss to the Dallas Mavericks marked LA’s 44th loss of the season. What’s worse is that they now find themselves on the outside watching the Play-In tournament.

They are currently tied with the Spurs, but due to the conference record, the Spurs hold the tiebreaker. FiveThirtyEight expects this to hold as they predict the Lakers will finish one game behind the Spurs, missing out on the Play-In tournament.

Los Angeles Lakers season on life support after dropping Play-In

The situation is grim for violet and gold. They face the toughest schedule and don’t know when they will reunite with their two best players. Yahoo’s Chris Haynes reported Tuesday night that Anthony Davis is aiming for a Friday or Sunday comeback if rehab continues to move in the right direction.

However, Lebron James’ status for Thursday’s game against the Utah Jazz is still uncertain after missing Tuesday’s game with an ankle injury. At this point, it’s unclear whether or not James will return to the Lakers this season.

The Lakers’ season was extremely frustrating and disappointing for their fans, who entered the season with a team considered the title favorite. But with the way it all turned out, they will no doubt extremely fall short of that expectation.

As of now, the best-case scenario for Los Angeles is to go past the Play-In just to get beaten by the Phoenix Suns in the first round of the playoffs. But even getting there will be an uphill battle.

No matter how their season ends, the end is near and it won’t be pretty. Regardless of the end result, it will leave them with plenty of questions heading into the offseason, with no easy answers. And then, anything can happen.

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