The Lakers look bad and sound worse.
But if they enter the playoffs with a healthy LeBron James and Anthony Davis, they’re a championship contender. Those stars can overcome a dire situation – again, if they’re healthy.
The Lakers announced LeBron would miss tonight’s game against the Nuggets with a right ankle sprain.
LeBron just missed 20 games with a high right ankle sprain. If a brief absence heals LeBron’s ankle, it’s well worth it – even if the Lakers fall into the play-in tournament.
But it’s far from assured sitting a game or two will get LeBron healthy. Especially at his age, needing to miss another game is a bad sign.
Without LeBron and Dennis Schroder (coronavirus protocols), the Lakers are missing their top offensive initiators. Anthony Davis has improved significantly as a creator, both for himself and others. But he still gets set up frequently for such a prolific scorer.
The Lakers, with their strong defense, can try to claw out wins down the stretch and avoid the play-in.
But establishing more rhythm entering the playoffs? That’ll be tough.
Becoming a championship-caliber team again? That’ll be impossible until LeBron gets healthy.
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