The Los Angeles Lakers, the 2020 NBA champions, were mathematically out of a fight to reach the playoffs on Tuesday, which culminated in a major failure for the team led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
After a 121-110 loss to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, the Lakers are 11th in the Western Conference with a record of 31 wins and 48 losses.
With only three games to play in the regular stage, the Lakers now have no way of snatching tenth place from the San Antonio Spurs (34–45), providing access to the playoffs (‘play in’).
LeBron James, down against the Suns due to injury this Tuesday, thus remains out of the playoffs For the fourth time in his 19-year careerIn which he has played 10 NBA Finals and won four titles.
At 37 years old, ‘King James has starred in a spectacular individual campaign, averaging 30.3 points per game, but a An ankle sprain has kept him out of the last two matches When the Lakers were already on the verge of the abyss.
Anthony Davisa. lame than Knee Injury, He made one last attempt this Tuesday, playing 36 minutes and scoring 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Efforts from Davis and point guard Russell Westbrook (28 points) were insufficient against the Suns, the best team this regular season that closes on Sunday.
The Lakers stood for two quarters and went into the break with a five-point deficit (63–58), but around the locker room, the Devin Bookers Sons (32 points) took a lead of 24 points (90–74). done quick. third quarter.
The Spurs were bound for a desperate victory at the Fort of the Suns after beating the Denver Nuggets 116–97 in their turn.
Los Angeles manager Frank Vogel said, “I am extremely disappointed for my fans, just for the family (owners).”
“We fell short. We are finished and I can say it was not for lack of effort, The boys fought till the end”Vogel, whose continuity in office is seriously questioned.
Tuesday’s elimination a. is the end of Nightmares season for the LakersThe most successful franchise in the NBA along with the Boston Celtics, who were considered one of the great favorites to win the ring.
At the top of a long list of reasons are Westbrook’s lack of adaptation, signing to be the team’s third figure this season, the squad’s poor configuration and long-term injuries to Davis and LeBron.
Last year, the Lakers had already made it to the playoffs to qualify for the playoffs, having lost in the first round against the Suns.
When their game began in Phoenix, the Lakers were already up against the wall because of the Spurs’ win against the Denver Nuggets.
Without their star, point guard Dejonte Murray, the team led by veteran Greg Popovich was able to surpass another performance by Nikola Jokic (41 points and 17 rebounds), defeating the Nuggets to secure a straight ticket to the playoffs. were fighting.
The New Orleans Pelicans also secured a spot in the West playoffs with a 123–109 win over the Sacramento Kings.
“Without Your Three Best Players”
Los Angeles Lakers power forward Anthony Davis has assured his team comes out with the ambition to win the title this year, but is believed to have “It’s hard to win when you don’t have your three best players” During the long period of the season, as Efe reports.
“Our goal was to win the titleBut then we got hurt and the situation changed. We lost the game, but we’re three great players and we’ll find a way to move on,” Davis said at the press conference as the Tour of the Phoenix Suns lost the game 110–121, which ended the Lakers’ ambitions. Play-ins.
Eve referred to the fact that the formation of all three LeBron James, Russell Westbrook and L He was unable to compete for long parts of the campaign due to a series of injuries and unforeseen incidents.
“It’s hard to win when your top three players don’t have time together on the court.” bad luck. But we have to recharge our batteries and see what happens next.”said.
“Personally, I had an unfortunate injury (an ankle sprain that kept him out for a month and a half between February 16 and April 1) and I couldn’t be on track,” he said.
“We would like to see What if we were available all year long”He admitted, clearly hurt by the Lakers’ negative weather.
Embiid defeated LeBron
In other results, Cameron’s Joel Embiid led the Philadelphia 76ers to a 131-122 victory over the Indiana Pacers with 45 points.
With this exhibition, Embiid averaged 30.4 points per game this season And with five days to go before the end of the regular season, the lead overtook LeBron as the top scorer.
Embiid, who had 27 points at halftime, brightened his personal tally against Indiana with 13 rebounds, 2 triples and a block.
With this win against the eliminated Pacers, the Sixers are fourth in the Eastern Conference with 49 wins and 30 losses, a similar balance to the Boston Celtics, second and the Milwaukee Bucks, third.
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