Anthony Davis, LeBron James doubtful for Tuesday vs. Mavs

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Take one step forward and then three steps back. That is what the Lakers season has been this year. It’s also what the game against the Pelicans felt like. After being up by 20 points going into the second half, the Lakers managed to lose that lead and the win they highly coveted. Now, the Lakers are in real danger of missing the play-in. To make matters worse, LeBron James twisted his ankle in the second quarter and while he finished the game, he admitted his ankle felt horrible after the game.

As LeBron said, the Lakers just can’t catch a break. Just when you thought things were looking up, LeBron turns his ankle and now the Pelicans are in the driver seat for hosting the bottom half game of the play-in. So not only is LeBron hobbled, but the remainder of the schedule is not very forgiving.

Head coach Frank Vogel did have an update on LeBron’s ankle and it was not promising in regards to his status for Tuesday against the Mavericks (h/t Cooper Halpern/LakersSBN).

It wouldn’t have been surprising for him to already be ruled out for this game. LeBron’s comments after the game coupled with the swelling means we may not see him for a couple, if not a few games. It’s a shame, especially since Vogel also reported that Anthony Davis went through a full practice, which means he’s likely close to returning to action.

While he may be close, he is still listed as doubtful to play in their next game.

In keeping with the trend, just when the Lakers get some good news of the looming return of Davis, LeBron is now an unknown. The Lakers will now have to face the Dallas Mavericks without their leading scorer and floor general, which means they will need players like Stanley Johnson to step up. Time is running out and one can’t help but think if it’s better if the Lakers just call it a season. I know some of you will be upset to read that, but this season has been a disaster. Injuries have decimated the Lakers, along with the bad fit of this roster has made this one of the worst seasons in recent memory. Especially when you have LeBron and AD, the expectation is that you are contending for a championship.

There is no question that this season’s window of opportunity is closing… or has it already been closed? We will find out soon enough.

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