The 2020 NBA Champion, Los Angeles Lakers, has been an injury mess over the last few months. First, All-Star Anthony Davis went down with an injury that left him out of the lineup for over two months before returning earlier this week against the Dallas Mavericks.
Recently, Lebron James has missed significant time out of the lineup with an ankle injury.
The defending champions, who still should win the NBA Finals, are falling in the standings. If the playoffs started today, they would not have a home-court advantage, which isn't impossible to overcome, but is an unnecessary toll on their bodies during the playoffs.
Without James this season, the Lakers are a lousy 7-12 (via Stat Muse), and they will need him to come back sooner than later to avoid an unfavorable matchup in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.
- SLICK LEONARD DIES: Bobby "Slick" Leonard was the Indiana Pacers and his attachment to the franchise as a coach and broadcaster last nearly five decades. CLICK HERE
- Myles Turner is OUT Indefnitley the Pacers announces on Monday Evening: Myles Turner, the Pacers leader in blocks, who had missed six consecutive games before returning on Sunday against the Hawks playing 34 minutes, will once again be out. The team announced an injury to his toe that has him out for an indefinite period. CLICK HERE
- Pacers lost in Indiana on Monday night to Spurs 109-94: The Pacers returning from their three-game road trip and five days on the road came home to play the Spurs and looked out of gas Monday night's contest. CLICK HERE.