LeBron James, Lakers eliminated from playoff contention

LeBron James will not be in the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-06 season.

With the Lakers’ 111-106 loss to the Nets on Friday, the Lakers have been eliminated from playoff contention.

Los Angeles’ record now stands at 31-41 for the year and the Lakers sit at 11th in the Western Conference.

James’ Lakers were in contention for much of the beginning of the year until the four-time MVP suffered a groin injury Christmas Day.

He missed his team’s next 17 games, which saw Los Angeles go 6-11 and fall out of a playoff spot.

The Lakers never recovered and have gone 11-27 since James suffered the injury.