LeBron James’ Health Still a Concern as LA Lakers Fight for NBA Playoffs 2021

NBA Standings: NBA Playoffs 2021: As the Lakers look ahead to their final two games of the regular season this weekend, coach Frank Vogel said, “I don’t know if it’s going to be possible,” when asked whether he would have his full roster together on the court.

LeBron James, sidelined the past six games to proceed to recoup from a high ankle sprain, practiced Friday before the Lakers’ flight to Indianapolis, but Vogel said James is listed as doubtful for Saturday’s game against the Pacers.

We’ll make a decision tomorrow as to whether he’s able,” Vogel said.

Anthony Davis is recorded as likely for the Pacers game. He missed the Lakers’ 124-122 win over the Houston Rockets on Wednesday because of tightness in his groin.

I feel fine. I feel great,” Davis said. “Went through some things during practice, not everything, but got some work going on, got some work in on the side. So felt great, felt great today.

If the Lakers lose their first play-in game, they will host another play-in game, against the winner of the 9-10 game, with a first-round berth against the No. 1 team, currently the Utah Jazz, on the line.

If Los Angeles goes 0-2 in the play-in tournament, the season is over.

Anytime you’ve had guys that have been out for extended absences and they’re returning to play, it’s always going to be a little bit imperfect,” Vogel said. “So the more minutes you can get those guys, the better off it’s going to be for us, in terms of the readjustment period. So if we’re able to do that, that would be great.

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Scenarios after POR beat Utah and DAL beat NOP, increasing LAL’s chances of staying at No. 7:

– If POR or DAL go 2-0 or 1-1, they finish ahead of LAL.
– If POR or DAL go 0-2, LAL must go 3-0 (including tonight, at IND, at NOP).

POR: at PHX, vs. DEN
DAL: vs. TOR, at MIN

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NBA Playoffs 2021: NBA Standings

Eastern W L Pct CGB Home Div Conf Last 10 PF PA Diff Streak
Philadelphia – x
47 22 .681 0.0 27-7 10-2 29-10 8-2 113.6 108.1 5.5 L-1
Brooklyn – x
45 24 .652 2.0 25-8 8-4 24-16 6-4 118.6 114.4 4.2 W-2
Milwaukee – y
44 25 .638 3.0 25-10 10-0 28-11 7-3 119.9 114.0 5.9 W-1
New York
38 30 .559 8.5 22-11 3-8 23-17 7-3 107.2 105.0 2.2 W-1
Atlanta
38 31 .551 9.0 22-11 7-3 22-18 6-4 113.4 111.8 1.6 W-1
Miami – x
38 31 .551 9.0 20-15 6-6 22-17 7-3 107.9 108.1 -0.2 W-3
Boston
35 34 .507 12.0 21-15 4-7 20-20 3-7 113.0 111.6 1.4 L-3
Charlotte
33 36 .478 14.0 18-17 8-3 20-20 4-6 109.7 111.2 -1.5 L-2
Indiana
33 36 .478 14.0 13-21 7-4 19-21 5-5 114.9 114.9 0.0 W-2
Washington
32 37 .464 15.0 17-17 2-8 14-25 6-4 116.6 118.8 -2.2 L-1
Chicago
29 40 .420 18.0 13-21 6-5 19-20 4-6 110.8 111.8 -1.0 L-1
Toronto
27 42 .391 20.0 16-19 4-8 17-23 2-8 111.4 111.5 -0.1 L-4
Orlando
21 48 .304 26.0 11-25 4-7 13-26 3-7 104.1 112.9 -8.8 L-4
Cleveland
21 48 .304 26.0 12-23 4-8 15-24 0-10 103.8 112.3 -8.5 L-11
Detroit
20 50 .286 27.5 13-21 1-11 12-29 2-8 106.8 111.1 -4.3 L-3

 

NBA Standings: NBA Playoffs 2021: Western Conference

Western W L Pct CGB Home Div Conf Last 10 PF PA Diff Streak
Utah – y
50 19 .725 0.0 31-4 6-4 26-13 6-4 116.7 107.5 9.2 L-1
Phoenix – x
48 21 .696 2.0 26-9 7-5 27-12 6-4 114.8 109.3 5.5 L-2
LA Clippers – x
46 23 .667 4.0 26-10 9-3 27-13 6-4 114.0 107.8 6.2 W-1
Denver – x
45 24 .652 5.0 25-11 8-2 25-15 7-3 115.2 110.2 5.0 W-1
Portland
40 29 .580 10.0 19-16 4-6 21-18 8-2 116.0 114.5 1.5 W-4
Dallas
40 29 .580 10.0 19-15 6-5 20-20 7-3 112.1 109.9 2.2 L-1
LA Lakers
38 30 .559 11.5 19-15 4-8 23-17 3-7 109.3 106.6 2.7 W-1
Golden State
37 33 .529 13.5 23-11 5-7 23-17 7-3 113.6 112.7 0.9 W-4
Memphis
36 33 .522 14.0 16-18 6-6 17-22 5-5 113.5 112.4 1.1 W-3
San Antonio
33 35 .485 16.5 14-20 6-6 17-23 4-6 111.2 112.2 -1.0 W-1
New Orleans
31 38 .449 19.0 18-17 6-5 18-21 5-5 114.8 114.7 0.1 L-1
Sacramento
31 38 .449 19.0 16-19 5-7 18-21 7-3 114.1 117.5 -3.4 W-2
Minnesota
22 47 .319 28.0 12-21 5-6 14-26 6-4 112.0 117.6 -5.6 W-2
Oklahoma City
21 49 .300 29.5 9-25 3-8 11-29 1-9 105.0 115.8 -10.8 L-8
Houston
16 53 .232 34.0 8-27 5-7 10-30 1-9 108.6 116.5 -7.9 L-6