Wednesday 16 October, 2019

LeBron, Lakers eliminated from playoff contention

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as center Tyson Chandler, left, and Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 22, 2019, in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, shoots as center Tyson Chandler, left, and Brooklyn Nets guard D'Angelo Russell watch during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 22, 2019, in Los Angeles.

LeBron James will not be in the playoffs for the first time since the 2004-05 NBA season.

With Los Angeles' 111-106 loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, the Lakers have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Los Angeles' record now stands at 31-41 for the season and the Lakers sit at 11th in the Western Conference.

James' Lakers were in contention for much of the beginning of the season until the four-time MVP suffered a groin injury Christmas Day.

He missed his team's next 17 games, which saw Los Angeles go 6-11 and fall out of a playoff spot.

The Lakers never recovered and have gone 11-27 since James suffered the injury.

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