It’s been a long time since LeBron James has been on a team as fragile as the 2018-19 Los Angeles Lakers, and it showed in a blowout loss to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night.
The final score of 136-94 represents the loss by the largest margin of James’s 15-year career. A team with LeBron on it, even in his early days with the lowly early 2000s Cavaliers, had never lost by as many as 42 points.
The loss drops the Lakers to the .500 mark at 27-27. They currently sit in 4th place in the Pacific Division, and in 10th place in the highly competitive Western Conference.
LeBron is in real danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since the 2004-2005 season, his second in the NBA.
The Pacers scorched LA’s defense at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, tying a franchise record with 19 three pointers. Seven Pacers finished the night in double figures, including small forward Bojan Bogdanovic, who torched the Lakers for 24 points, including 4 three pointers.
Indiana isn’t letting Victor Oladipo’s season-ending injury slow them down yet, but Los Angeles is rife with doubts about whether or not they’ll truly be able to compete for a playoff position this season.