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What I am Hearing: The Los Angeles Lakers have determined to sit LeBron James for the rest of the season and USA TODAY Sports’ Jeff Zillgitt tells us how they got here to that call.
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With the Los Angeles Lakers out of the playoffs and All-Star ahead LeBron James lower than 100% wholesome, the Lakers have determined to shut down James for the rest of the season.

“After consulting with our team doctors and medical staff, we have decided to hold LeBron out of games for the remainder of the season,” the Lakers mentioned in a press release. “This decision will allow his groin to fully heal and is best for the future success of both LeBron and the Lakers.”

James’ streak of 13 consecutive playoff appearances and eight consecutive NBA Finals appearances will come to finish when the Lakers’ season concludes April 9.

James’ 55 video games performed this season will mark the bottom whole of his profession – he even performed 62 within the lockout-shortened, 66-game season in 2011-12.

LeBron James is completed for the season. (Photo: Gary A. Vasquez, USA TODAY Sports)

James missed 17 consecutive video games from late December to late January after sustaining a strained left groin in opposition to Golden State on Christmas. At the time, the Lakers have been 20-14 and in fourth place within the Western Conference. But the Lakers have been 6-11 in these 17 video games with out James and dropped within the standings.

Trade discussions involving Lakers gamers not named LeBron James mixed with James’ absence despatched the Lakers right into a freefall from which they couldn’t recover. Even after James declared he activated playoff mode following the All-Star break.

The Lakers have been 28-29, in 10th place within the West and simply three video games out of a playoff spot. But Los Angeles misplaced 12 of its subsequent 15 video games and dropped out of playoff competition. The Lakers sit 34-42, in 11th place within the West and 10 video games out of eighth place with six video games remaining within the common season.

Besides lacking probably the most video games of any season in his profession, it was additionally not his greatest efficiency on the courtroom, a minimum of by his requirements. He averaged 27.four factors, eight.5 rebounds and eight.three assists and shot 51 % from the sphere and 33.9 % on three-pointers.

The Lakers’ 2019-20 season arrived before anticipated, and the franchise has a lot to resolve, together with what course they go together with a coach and what gamers they create in to enhance. And they’re hoping they’ve a wholesome James for all of subsequent season.

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