Things were finally starting to look promising for the Los Angeles Lakers. The front office made sweeping changes to the roster at the trade deadline that created a younger, more talented, and happier roster. The results that followed were great.
Los Angeles was 4-1 with the new-look additions to the roster and 3-0 when LeBron James played. With the Western Conference standings being so compact, many fans felt confident in the team’s ability to climb as high as the sixth seed in the West.
Then it all came crashing down when LeBron James fell down on the court on Sunday against the Dallas Mavericks. He injured his right foot, telling Anthony Davis and a trainer that he heard it pop. While he finished out the game, he ended up being ruled out “indefinitely” on Monday.
Adrian Wojnarowski provided an update on Tuesday morning about the timeline of LeBron’s injury and you can hear every fans’ heart collectively drop.
Lakers’ playoff hopes are dead after LeBron James injury update.
Every game from this point in the season is extremely important for the Lake Show and unfortunately, the team may simply run out of time. Based on this update, fans can expect LeBron to miss three weeks at the very least, and more realistically, at least a month.
If LeBron misses exactly three weeks of action then he will miss the next 11 games for the Lake Show. If he misses a month then he will miss 15 games. With only 21 games remaining, missing this many games is a massive deal for the Lake Show.
Los Angeles does have a much deeper roster than it had earlier in the season so the bottom may not fall out as hard as it did earlier this season when LeBron missed time. That being said, a 5-9 record without James this season is far from promising. Even if the team is slightly better, it cannot afford to go under .500 in these 11-15 games.
Unfortunately, it now seems more likely that the team misses the playoffs. The 2022-23 Lakers season will ultimately go down as a season of missed opportunity for the Lakers.
This team could not catch a break (with the front office and coaching getting in the way as well), and this could be the cherry on top.