The season just gets worse for the Los Angeles Lakers. LeBron James will miss Tuesday’s game against the Bucks, and possibly much more after being ruled out of action until further observation due to left groin soreness.
The injured groin is the same injury that was suffered against the Warriors on Christmas Day. When first aggravated, the strain was said to be day-to-day, but this was far from reality, as the injury kept LeBron out of 17 games in a row this winter. The injury came at an inconvenient time for the Lakers, who went on to struggle without James in the lineup, falling out of the top eight in the Western Conference standings as a result. LeBron was never able to bring LA back into the playoff picture in the West, and instead allowed the Lakers to fall out of contention in crunch time.
Despite his 27.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 8.0 assists per game, LeBron’s first season in LA has to go down as a bad start. Yes, LeBron was hugely productive in his first season, but this is not the Eastern Conference anymore. LeBron will no longer be able to carry a team straight to the Conference Finals anymore, especially considering his age.
It will take more than what the Lakers have assembled to make the playoffs in this competitive Western Conference this season. LeBron gave it his best this season, but a young core and an aging body ultimately left the Lakers out of luck again this season, even after bringing in The King.