The Los Angeles Lakers’ playoff chances aren’t mathematically zero, but they’re grim. As of March 5, LA trails the No. 8 seed San Antonio Spurs by 5.5 games with just 18 left to play. There’s less than six weeks for LeBron James and his teammates to figure out their defensive flaws and get a crack at postseason play.
That’s both statistically and realistically improbable. ESPN’s Basketball Power Index gives the Lakers less than a one percent chance of playing postseason ball, which is 1.2 percent lower than the odds it gives the New Orleans Pelicans.
Bad news for the greatest player of our gen.