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Ankle sprain sidelines Kyle Kuzma for Los Angeles Lakers | NBA News

Short of that happening, the Lakers will likely miss the playoffs for the sixth straight season and so will LeBron for the first time since his sophomore season in the league.

Just 2-6 over their last 8 games, the Lakers sit firmly in 10th place in the Western Conference.

As Evan noted, the Lakers have been awful ATS this season. But denying Walton an opportunity to at finish out a season wrought with drama and distraction since James's first dribble in purple and gold would be cruel and needless.

Since his return, as the Lakers tried to chase a postseason berth, he upped his workload, playing 40-plus minutes in five of L.A.'s past eight games. "They cut me. I got drafted by the Lakers, they traded me to Miami".

Kuzma's injury came in the fourth quarter of Monday's loss to the Clippers at Staples Center, when he rolled his right ankle and subsequently limped off the floor.

Walton's forced optimism was entirely unconvincing, and he spent most of his postgame news conference stressing the importance of maintaining professionalism and keeping a day-to-day approach.

Ankle sprain sidelines Kyle Kuzma for Los Angeles Lakers | NBA News
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Five others - Lou Williams (21), Montrezl Harrell (14), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (14), Patrick Beverley (13) and Landry Shamet (12) - tallied double-digits.

Bringing in two superstars post the ongoing season would be the dream, but with National Basketball Association stars having already made comments about how things around LeBron can get toxic, do we really see two stars coming to LA post the ongoing season?

Sitting James down the stretch of the regular season wouldn't only increase the Lakers' odds to land Williamson.

"That doesn't bother me or make me happy", Clippers coach Doc Rivers said of beating their fellow Angelenos.

"Continue to be a professional, and be as great as you can be every single night, no matter the circumstances".

Kuzma has already been ruled out of Wednesday's game against the Denver Nuggets. "Cause someone is always watching".

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