The Lakers’ playoff hopes took another hit Monday, but LeBron James isn’t giving up.
Even though his team inched closer to elimination from the postseason with a 113-105 loss to the Clippers, James insisted he won’t be shut down for the remainder of the season.
“That would take a lot of convincing from [coach] Luke [Walton] on up,” James told ESPN after the game. “Unless I’m hurt, I’m not sitting games.”
While James confirmed that no one from the organization has approached him about pumping the brakes, he expects it could happen in the near future, and he’s not opposed to limiting his minutes if it’s beneficial for the team. He has increased his workload to a tiring 40-plus minutes in five of the Lakers’ past eight games, though L.A. has lost six of those contests.
“That conversation hasn’t occurred, but I’m sure it can happen soon,” James said. “You kind of look at the rest of the games, and look at the percentages of what’s going on there in the future, and see what makes more sense for not only me but the team itself as well.”
James, 34, has been limited to just 46 of 64 games this season due to a slight tear in his left groin. He is averaging 27.0 points, 8.0 assists and 8.7 rebounds per game.