Lakers' Playoff Hopes Stumble In LeBron James' Absence, Fall To Warriors 128-110

Photo: Instagram/LeBron James 

The Los Angeles Lakers' playoff aspirations took a hit in a 128-110 loss to the Golden State Warriors, marking the first game post-All-Star break for both teams. 

Without LeBron James, who missed his second consecutive game due to an ankle issue, the Lakers struggled to contain Stephen Curry.

Coach Steve Kerr's Warriors capitalized on the Lakers' absence of key players, with Curry scoring 25 points in the first half.

Photo: Instagram/LeBron James 

The Lakers, also missing Cam Reddish and dealing with illnesses post-All-Star break, found themselves short-handed and playing smaller than desired.

Despite Anthony Davis leading the Lakers with an impressive 27 points and 15 rebounds, the team faltered in various aspects. The Warriors outscored them by 18 from beyond the arc, dominated the boards, and convincingly won the bench points battle.

LeBron James, labeled as "day to day" after ankle treatment, remains a crucial factor in the Lakers' postseason push. The team, grappling with injuries and illnesses, faces challenges as they look ahead to Friday's game against San Antonio.

In a race for the coveted No. 6 seed, the Lakers need to regroup quickly to maintain their playoff position, highlighting the importance of a healthy and cohesive lineup in the coming games. (SOURCE: Los Angeles Times)

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