Skip to main content
Publish date:

How LeBron James' Injury Could Impact Western Conference Standings

LeBron's injury could shake up the Western Conference Standings ahead of the playoffs.

The Utah Jazz have maintained the top spot in the Western Conference despite winning only 5 of their last 10 games. Today, we take a look at the current Western Conference standings and the movement that could occur in the week ahead.

Last weekend, LeBron James suffered an ankle sprain. James is out indefinitely. James' injury could have a substantial impact on the Western Conference standings as we approach the playoffs.

USATSI_15764474_168390393_lowres

Current Standings

*The Western Conference standings as of Monday, March 22

TeamWinsLossesGames BackLast 10

Jazz

30

11

-

5-5

Suns

28

13

2.0

8-2

Lakers

28

15

3.0

6-4

Clippers

27

16

4.0

4-6

Nuggets

25

17

5.5

8-2

Trail Blazers

25

17

5.5

7-3

Spurs

22

17

7.0

5-5

Mavericks

22

19

8.0

7-3

The Clippers, Jazz, Suns, and Lakers had created separation from the rest of the Western Conference, but the gap has decreased over the last few weeks. With LeBron James out indefinitely, the Lakers are in danger of dropping down to the #6 seed or even #7 seed.

Upcoming Schedule

Read More

Let's take a look at the upcoming schedule (Monday-Sunday) for the Jazz, Clippers, Suns and Lakers, and how that could impact the standings.

Utah Jazz - @ Bulls, vs Nets, vs Grizzles, vs Grizzles

The Jazz finally travel back home this week to take on the Nets and Grizzles. The Jazz should be able to maintain their lead in the standings if they can win three out of four games this week.

LA Lakers - @ Pelicans, vs 76ers, vs Cavaliers, vs Magic

I would expect the Lakers to drop at least a game or two this week without James and Davis in the lineup.

LA Clippers - @ Hawks, vs Spurs, @ Spurs, vs 76ers

The Clippers face three teams that would be in the playoffs if the season ended today. The Clippers have struggled of late, losing six of their last ten.

Phoenix Suns - @ Heat, @ Magic, @ Raptors, @ Hornets

The Suns are on the road this week. They face a tough Miami Heat team that has played well lately. They will face the Hornets without Lonzo Ball who was ruled out for the season with a wrist injury.