LeBron, Walton dish on Lakers failing to make playoffs

LeBron James and the Lakers were eliminated from reaching the playoffs by the Nets on Friday night

LeBron James and the Lakers were eliminated from reaching the playoffs by the Nets on Friday night

Brooklyn has now swept their season series against Los Angeles.

James, whose absence with a left groin injury suffered during a Christmas Day victory at Golden State, said he wants to play as much as possible in the final 10 games of his age-35 season. "It is not what we signed up for". Just keep pushing see how you can get better. Like I said, the playoffs are never promised. "For me personally, you just continue to put the work in and see what you can do to help". He narrowly missed a triple double, with 25 points, 14 assists, and nine rebounds, but shot just 8-of-25 on the night, including 1-of-6 from downtown, and committed eight turnovers.

LeBron James described the Los Angeles Lakers' season as "not what we signed up for" after they were officially eliminated from playoff contention. He left the game for one possession, then returned.

What went wrong for LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers?

"I took a pretty nasty fall when I slipped".

After All-Star Weekend, the Lakers were just three games back from a postseason spot final spot but went 3-12 since since.

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However, Lakers head coach Luke Walton said he will be "cautious" with James' playing time, noting that the team will be more cautious with minutes up and down the roster in general now that they don't have the postseason to play for, per Ben Golliver of The Washington Post. There's not a single scenario I can envision where things could have fell apart in a more hilarious fashion.

Joe Harris scored 26 points and former Laker D'Angelo Russell tallied 21 points and 13 assists for the Nets, who boosted their playoff hopes with their second-straight win during a seven game road trip.

JaVale McGee led all scorers with career highs of 33 points and 20 rebounds for the Lakers, who shot 38.5 percent from the field.

He averaged 30.8 points in his first run through the post-season back in 2006 and led the Cavaliers through a seven-game Eastern Conference finals clash with the Boston Celtics previous year to reach the National Basketball Association finals last season.

"I'm probably going to have a conversation with the coaching staff and my trainer and go from there".

The Lakers and LeBron unfortunately played the part of Ned Stark on Friday. "Suspensions, injuries, things of that nature", James said to reporters after the loss to the Nets.

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