Lakers officially eliminated from playoff contention after 111-106 loss to Nets

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With a record of 31-41, the Lakers now sit at 11th place in the West, a similar spot to where they were past year - before signing James.

Players the Lakers recently let go are starring elsewhere - Milwaukee Bucks centre Brook Lopez is hitting threes, New Orleans Pelicans power forward Julius Randle is averaging 20 points per game and Brooklyn Nets point guard D'Angelo Russell has become an all-star.

Less than 24 hours later, LeBron's apparent physical therapist took to Instagram and made a decision to inform the masses of what Bron was dealing with following his injury that she claims he should've missed the rest of the season for.

It's been 13 years since LeBron James didn't play in the postseason but with that now a reality, he is choosing to look ahead rather than lament the present.

The latter date is when the Lakers can sign another superstar to pair with LeBron James, which is all that matters. And just not being able to play sustainable basketball for 48 minutes. "Hopefully I can be in as many games as possible down the stretch".

With the playoffs out of the picture, the Lakers will enter into an offseason rife with speculation about the job security of Walton as well as the construction of the roster.

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Going for the game victor at the New York Knicks, James was blocked by journeyman Mario Hezonja as the Lakers fell to a 124-123 defeat against the league's worst team. "Suspensions, injuries, things of that nature", James said to reporters after the loss to the Nets. He went 15 for 20 from the field, repeatedly converting in the paint on 10 assists from James. The Lakers had only missed the playoffs five times in their first 55 seasons of existence before this current drought.

Spencer Dinwiddie added 19 points in his hometown as the Nets (38-36) bolstered their playoff chances with their second straight win after an 0-3 start to this seven-game road trip.

The Lakers lost their fifth straight, dropped to 2-12 in their last 14 games and will miss the playoffs for the sixth straight season.

It seems to be commonplace today to call the Russell trade a failure on the Lakers end, but the young point guard certainly makes a great point.

Lakers: Tyson Chandler got his first game action since March 2.

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