Elsewhere, James Harden ended his 32-game streak of scoring at least 30 points as he finished with 28 in the Houston Rockets' 119-111 win against the Atlanta Hawks. That implies odds of just 26.67 percent, a shockingly low number that comes as the game's best player struggles with a Hollywood drama with his new team in Tinseltown.
That's not the message James sent to teammates following losses to the New Orleans Pelicans and Memphis Grizzlies. He also says that "if you're still allowing distractions to affect the way you play, then this franchise isn't for you".
While explaining what L.A. ideally would have done on that possession, Walton essentially exonerated James even though the optics of the video made it look like James gave no effort on the play.
Twitter users highlighted James sitting in on a recording session of rapper 2 Chainz late on February 1. But the bench totaled just seven points and much like James' run with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Lakers have been fairly useless when he's off the floor.
The Lakers might not be in the playoffs, but the two-time defending champion Warriors will be.
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"He killed the Lakers' chemistry", the executive told Bleacher Report. "He shouldn't have been so public about it. Even during the All-Star draft, he laughed about [wanting Davis to be his teammate]".
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"He ain't playing no defence on too many occasions".
"LeBron James is obviously great. What we didn't anticipate was that LeBron James would look less than we know LeBron James to be (with the Lakers)". And with 22 games left on the schedule, Paul Pierce suggested shutting down the Lakers star. There's no way they're getting close to a top-three pick this year, so all the team can hope for is continued success in order to nab the ninth pick or higher to convey to the Celtics.
The Lakers sit at 11th place in the Western Conference standings, three games behind the San Antonio Spurs for the last postseason berth with competitive Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves teams above them fighting for the playoffs.