Getting LeBron to sit 'would take a lot of convincing'

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The Lakers now are 4.5 games behind the San Antonio Spurs for the eighth and final playoff spot.

While the Lakers are ready to do everything possible to let LeBron feel at home and do things that he feels will bring about glory; it seems LeBron isn't putting that trust in the Lakers management. Since he's returned to action, James has played 40 or more minutes in the Lakers' last eight games. According to all scenarios The Lakers have no chance of reaching the NBA Playoffs.

The Lakers have lost three in a row and five of their past six.

The Lakers' second-leading scorer behind LeBron James, Kuzma has turned in a tremendous sophomore season. He is averaging 27.0 points, 8.0 assists and 8.7 rebounds per game. Both LeBron James and Rajon Rondo went down with injuries which shifted the momentum of the season and ended up pushing the Lakers out of a playoff spot.

It has not been just poor play from Walton's team that has put them in this position, they have also been beset by multiple injuries to key players during the course of the campaign. "Everyone has been talking about the postseason, (but) we should be anxious about each and every game and how we can continue to get better with our process and get better with our team". After the Clippers caught up, the Lakers retook the lead 42-41 on a dunk by Harrell with 6:49 left in the first half. And their fixture list does not get any better going forward as they next face the West's second-placed team Denver Nuggets before welcoming long-time rivals Boston Celtics.

At the time, Lonzo tweeted (with a smiley emoji), "Lakers ain't even makin the Playoffs".

"He's young, and you see that a lot, too".

If the team hopes to make any sort of run at the postseason, they will need Kuzma back on the court ASAP.

The suggestion that LeBron could compete for the National Basketball Association title for the ninth consecutive season always seemed overly optimistic but there were few who doubted he would be involved in May. It is the fifth team with the lowest chances in the Western Conference.