LeBron James is making a case for the G.O.A.T. argument after moving into 10th all-time in assists after he added 11 more to his all-time total (8535) against the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday. LeBron moved past former NBA journeyman Andre Miller (8524) and now sits behind 2013 Hall of Fame inductee Gary Payton.
LBJ is now top 10 all-time in points and assists with a career average of 27.1 points and 7.2 assists per game. No other active or former NBA player can claim top 10 status in both statistics.
Unfortunately, Bron’s accomplishment came with a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies 105-110. The Lakers currently hold the number 11 spot in the Western Conference which would leave LeBron James out of the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The San Antonio Spurs are currently clinging on to the last spot in the Playoffs with the young, talented Sacramento Kings and the Minnesota Timberwolves respectively behind them.
Following the loss, LeBron made a statement on teammates potentially being distracted. “At this point, if you are still allowing distractions to affect how the way you play, then this is the wrong franchise to be a part of…” the former Cavalier told the media in the post game.
Prior to the Lakers’ post-All-Star Break win against the Houston Rockets, LeBron proclaimed that “Playoff Bron” was in full effect and at first, things looked promising after Los Angeles beat the Rockets 106-111 at the Staples Center.
This big win was followed by two devastating losses as the Lakers continue to tease fans with big wins, but fall to teams who are less ambitious in their efforts. This past weekend, the Lakers lost to an Anthony Davis-less Pelicans team 115-128. The Lakers will get their rematch with New Orleans on Wednesday this time at the Staples Center.
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