The Los Angeles Lakers geared up to face the Dallas Mavericks without LeBron James in their most recent fixture. As expected, the Mavs comfortably defeated the Purple and Gold in regulation time.

Following this defeat, the Lakers have dropped to the 11th seed and are currently not even in a position to qualify for the play-in tournament. With James recovering from an injury, it is becoming even more evident that the Lakers might actually miss the postseason.

Keeping that in mind, it would be an understatement to label this season just as "bad" for the Lakers. At the same time, James has had one of the best seasons of his career, sadly his efforts haven't produced the ideal results for his team.