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The LA Lakers lost to the Clippers 113-105 on Monday, putting them even further back from a postseason bid. LeBron James scored a game high 27 points to go along with eight rebounds and six assists, but it was not enough to knock off the Clippers. The loss is the third in a row for the Lakers, and their ninth loss in the last 12 games.
LeBron and the Lakers have been horrible since All-Star weekend. LA had a chance to make a late run for the playoffs, but have since blown this opportunity in the last couple games, losing five of their last six games in the most important part of their season. One player who has went missing during this key time has been forward Kyle Kuzma. Kuzma’s production has been down recently, with the second year forward averaging just 16.6 points in the Lakers last five games.
Kuzma has not been the only Laker guilty of inconsistent performances. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Lance Stephenson have heavily underperformed this season, but typically get looked over because of the young Lakers who usually take the brunt of criticism. Caldwell-Pope and Stephenson are averaging a combined 17.0 points per game, heavily under-producing for the experience and ability possessed by these two.
It’s been an underachieving season in LA for the Lakers. With just 18 games left to be played, it will take a miracle for LeBron and company to make the postseason. Expect big changes in LA this summer, as this year’s performance will not be accepted by the Laker fans or organization.