With the playoffs now a long shot, the Lakers will put James on a minutes restriction and could sit him out on the back end of back-to-backs for the rest of the season, Yahoo Sports reported Thursday.
The Lakers are 6 1/2 games out of a playoff spot in the Western Conference, trailing the Los Angeles Clippers for the eighth seed.
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Even after James‘ return from injury, Los Angeles has struggled. The team was unable to pull off a trade for New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis last month, and some have theorized that drama affected the team’s chemistry.
The 34-year-old has not missed the playoffs since 2005 and is coming off a streak in which he made the last eight NBA finals.
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