Even with their impressive comeback victory of James Harden and the Rockets, the Lakers still have a ways to go if they want to sneak into the 2019 NBA Playoff picture.
With 24 regular season games left to go, and the team sitting 2.5 games back from the 8th seeded Clippers, meaning they'll have to put together an impressive stretch of basketball if they want to get in front of them, and the Kings, who are a much-improved team.
The odds are stacked against them and although LeBron has overcome great odds before, even he realizes the challenge that stands in front of him.
“When I crossed paths with James before Sunday night’s tipoff, in my weekend cameo with ESPN Radio, he acknowledged that hauling the Lakers to the playoffs will be a daunting assignment. But he also insisted that he’s starting to feel better physically at the most important time after missing a career-worst 17 consecutive games with a groin strain he sustained on Christmas.”
As spring nears, so does the intensity of the season. For the Lakers especially, they must be feeling the gravity of the moment.
With LeBron now in town, expectations mounted, and the Lakeshow became, once again, part of the Championship conversation. If they miss out, however, it could spell disaster for the franchise, disappointment from the fans, and major roster changes.
Everything hinges on these next 24 games. Every game matters, every minute counts. And although LeBron himself admitted it'll be a daunting task, he'll (no doubt) be ready for the challenge.