The Los Angeles Lakers‘ season isn’t over yet … technically. There will be players wearing Lakers uniforms on Thursday against the Golden State Warriors, and the game will be broadcast on national television.
LeBron James, however, is not one of those players.
Neither is Anthony Davis.
And neither is Russell Westbrook.
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James, who is listed as out with a left ankle sprain, will miss his third straight game. Davis, who is listed as out with a right mid-foot sprain, will miss his first game since returning from that injury in a loss against the New Orleans Pelicans last Friday. Westbrook, who is listed as out with right shoulder soreness, will miss his first game since Feb. 9. In related news, Los Angeles was eliminated from playoff contention when it lost to the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday.
That February game, in which Westbrook was sidelined with lower back tightness, was the only one he has missed all season. With 78 appearances this season, he is the Lakers’ leader in games played. Malik Monk (73) is in second place, followed by Carmelo Anthony (69) and Avery Bradley (62). No one else has played more than 58 games.
If James and Davis are done for the year, they will finish with 56 and 40 games played, respectively.
The Lakers are 31-48 on the season and 4-17 since the All-Star break.