The Los Angeles Lakers are nonetheless mathematically alive within the hunt for a spot within the playoffs, nevertheless it seems the workforce is making ready to throw within the towel.

According to a report by Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes, the Lakers and LeBron James have agreed to a minutes restriction transferring ahead. Furthermore, it is unlikely that the four-time MVP will play in any extra back-to-back video games down the stretch.

Though LeBron reached one other milestone in his profession Wednesday evening, as he surpassed Michael Jordan for fourth on the NBA's all-time scoring listing, the Lakers suffered one other essential L by the hands of the Denver Nuggets.

As a results of the 115-99 loss, the Lakers at the moment are sitting in 11th place within the Western Conference at 30-35. With 17 video games remaining, the workforce is 6.5 video games again of the eighth seeded Los Angeles Clippers, and so they're nearer record-wise to the Memphis Grizzlies, who've the sixth worst report within the league. 

LeBron, 34, is averaging 27.1 factors, eight.6 rebounds and eight assists in 47 video games this season. He additionally averages the seventh most minutes per recreation with 35.6 minutes per.

Up subsequent for the Lakers is a Saturday evening matchup in opposition to the Celtics in Boston, a recreation which can air on ABC at eight:30pm ET. There are three back-to-back video games remaining on the Lakers schedule, so it is seemingly James will miss not less than three extra video games and presumably extra as soon as they're formally eradicated from playoff competition.