LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers have also lost to the Brooklyn Nets and lost the last chance to play-off. The Oklahoma City Thunder won after four defeats in a row – also thanks to a powerful Dennis Schröder. The NBA Friday.
Now it is official: For the first time since 2005, the play-offs of the NBA take place without the “King”. After the 106: 111 defeat at the Nets, the LA Lakers and superstar LeBron James no longer have a chance to reach the post-season. “It’s a tough season for all of us,” James said. “We imagined it differently.”
It’s a tough blow for James, who moved from the Cleveland Cavaliers to California last summer. 13 times in a row, he had reached the play-offs with his teams, most recently, the three-time NBA champion (2012, 2013 and 2016) was eight times in a row in the final. The Lakers could not end their negative run even with James’s engagement. For the sixth time in succession, the 16-time champion has already missed the championship round.
The play-offs do not come by themselves, you have to work hard and not think too much.
“The play-offs do not come by themselves, you have to work hard and not think too much,” said James. Most recently, the 34-year-old had missed the finals in the 2004/2005 season with the Cavaliers. James moved to Miami Heat in 2010 and returned to Cleveland in 2014.
James, who had recently been suspended for groin complaints, scored 25 points against the Nets, 14 assists and nine rebounds. Nevertheless, the “King”, who together with JaVale McGee (33 points / 20 rebounds) was responsible for more than half of the Lakers points, could not prevent the 41st defeat in the 72 season game. The two Germans Moritz Wagner and Isaac Bonga remained without counting in their short-term assignments. Best pitcher on the Nets side was Joe Harris 26 points.
Schröder trumps up
It was pleasing for the German playwright Dennis Schröder. Born in Brunswick, he was in top form in the 116: 109 win over the Toronto Raptors and contributed 26 points to the Thunder’s 43rd league victory. In the process, OKC ran a long behind, until the end of the third quarter, the team of coach Billy Donovan took the lead (83:80). The Thunder also benefited from the 21 ball losses that the Raptors made over the entire season. In the table Oklahoma is despite the four defeats previously in fifth place in the West and thus clearly on play-off course.
Harden delivers one-man show
Once again James Harden of the Houston Rockets caused a furore: With 61 points in the 111:10 victory over the San Antonio Spurs he set his career record. In the list of the best threesome shooters of all time Harden pushes with 1981 transformed attempts to rank ten.
NBA, results from March 22nd
Orlando – Memphis 123: 119 to Overtime
Cleveland – LA Clippers 108: 110
New York – Denver 93: 111
Toronto – Oklahoma 109: 116
Houston – San Antonio 111: 105
Milwaukee – Miami 116: 87
LA Lakers – Brooklyn 106: 111