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Clippers stay on road to playoffs at Lakers' expense

08 March, 2019, 00:30 | Author: Lula Armstrong
  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari fouls Los Angeles Lakers forward Le Bron James as James drives to the basket during the first quarter at Staples Center

One of the team's more famous fans, saw enough when the Lakers lost to the Suns. At this point, however, the team's best player isn't ready to entertain that option.

Gallinari led six Clippers scoring in double figures while they comfortably maintained a lead over their Staples Center co-tenants down the stretch.

The Lakers are hopeful of having Ingram back in the lineup as they try to end a three-game losing streak, which has severely dented their chances of reaching the Western Conference playoffs. The Nuggets are chasing Golden State for the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

It's a deficit that can be made up but would likely take some incredible heroics from James due to all the injuries the Lakers are dealing with. They already are without Lonzo Ball, while Lance Stephenson, Tyson Chandler and Brandon Ingram are all questionable for the game. The Lakers aren't going to leap over them with that kind of record.


The Lakers are 30-34, and realistically have to win at least 14 of their final 19 games to have a chance to get the last playoff spot. In fact, LeBron James might be more likely to play alongside the Duke star than he is to compete in the 2019 National Basketball Association playoffs.

Unfortunately for James and the Lakers, he missed the shot. Eighteen games without James did no wonders for a team that needed him, which only seemed to get worse as the trade rumors flooded the headlines and the overall morale hit almost killed whatever hope this team had left. When asked about that scenario Monday night, he bristled at the suggestion. He missed more than a month with a hamstring injury during the month of January and if he's not entirely healed from said injury it would make sense for him to take the remainder of the season off.

Zion Williamson #1 of the Duke Blue Devils watches his team during the second half of their game at against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons Cameron Indoor Stadium on March 05, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina.

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