Lakers Rumors: Kyle Kuzma to be sidelined at least one week

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The Lakers could be without Kyle Kuzma for up to a week after the forward suffered a minor ankle sprain. They already are without Lonzo Ball, while Lance Stephenson, Tyson Chandler and Brandon Ingram are all questionable for the game. This season, when the Lakers have received 50% or more of bets, they have gone 16-29-1 (35.6%) ATS.

The major projection models now give the Lakers less than a one percent chance to make the postseason; the eye test gives them zero. Big, big key guys.

Lakers now sit comfortably outside the playoffs after losing to Clippers and several other teams they had no business losing to.

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"You kind of look at the rest of the games, and look at the percentages of what's going on there in the future, and see what makes more sense for not only me but the team itself as well", added James, who suffered the longest injury layoff of his career earlier this season when a groin strain sidelined him for almost six weeks. Now that three teams and nearly six games stand in the way of Los Angeles and the postseason, ESPN's Basketball Power Index gives L.A. less than a one percent chance to make the playoffs.

According to The New York Times, the Lakers are mindful that replacing their coach now would achieve very little with just over a month left in the regular season. And now it all goes back to the fact that his "best friend" (Johnson) tried to trade half the team and it's an insurmountable monkey wrench for this season. "It's tough times right now, and we can't let that get us down".

The Lakers' resignation came through loud and clear when James was asked whether his minutes might be scaled down in the coming weeks.

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Trying to climb back into the playoff race already seemed unlikely for LA and is even less likely with Kuzma sidelined.

The Lakers have yet to approach James about sitting out to preserve his body.

While the Lakers' playoff aspirations were extinguished on Monday, there's good cause to believe they have yet to hit rock bottom.

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"That would take a lot of convincing from Luke [Walton, Lakers head coach] on up", James told reporters. No matter the circumstances.