Phoenix – The Los Angeles Lakers will be headed to a potential elimination game without their captain, LeBron James.
The team announced James was ruled out of Tuesday’s game against the Phoenix Suns due to left ankle pain. This will be the third game James has missed out of four Lakers games.
The Lakers, who have lost six games in a row, are two games behind the San Antonio Spurs to finish last in the Western Conference Championship. The Lakers could be eliminated from the championship contest with a loss to the Suns, along with a win for the Spurs at the Denver Nuggets Road.
Phoenix will have a lot of motivation against the Lakers. The victory would set the record for winning in a single season with 63, beating out the 1992-93 team led by Charles Barkley and the 2004-05 team led by Steve Nash, who both won 62 games. The Suns entered Tuesday’s game in a two-game sliding game, having missed their two previous chances to mark the winning mark in Memphis and Oklahoma City.
The suns are also aware Anthony DavisShe made statements last month, confirming that Phoenix “eliminated one strike” in the first round last season by defeating the Lakers, who suffer from injuries to advance.
Davis will be in the lineup Tuesday.
“I’m sure his comments will add some fuel,” a source from The Suns told ESPN.
Even if Los Angeles win their last four games, Tottenham will have to finish 1-3 in their last four games for the Lakers to get the 10th seed.
James is averaging 30.3 points, 8.2 rebounds and 6.2 assists this season.
James leads the NBA in scoring goals this season, one point ahead of the Milwaukee Bucks. Giannis Antikonmo (30.1) The Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid (30.0). However, in order to qualify for the scoring title, a player must have played at least 58 matches; James played at 56 this season.
He had to play in two of the Lakers’ last three games after Tuesday — at Golden State on Thursday, at home against Oklahoma City on Friday and at Denver on Sunday — in order to qualify.
This will be the second title of his career, 14 years after his first title in 2007-08.
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