Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed But it puts the Lakers in a tough spot with games against the third- and fourth-place teams in the Western Conference, respectively: The team has just gone 4-7 in the stretch without James, hanging on in a tie for eighth place in the standings. Only one of their four wins (at home against the Sacramento Kings) has been against a team with a winning record, and they’ve already lost to the Thunder at home without James.“That’s a tough stretch for anybody in the league,” Lonzo Ball said on Tuesday, following the Lakers’ win over the Chicago Bulls. “But can’t make no excuses, it’s the NBA but it’s good to have those three teams, gotta go in and try to win every one of them.”James (27.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 7.1 apg) hasn’t played since Christmas, when he was injured against the Warriors. Since he’s not joining the Lakers for either of the next two games, the earliest he could return is the team’s Martin Luther King Day rematch with Golden State on Monday at Staples Center. But if he isn’t able to return that soon, the home-heavy schedule against Minnesota, Phoenix, Philadelphia and a “road game” against the Clippers would give the Lakers a chance to integrate James in practices in Los Angeles.The 34-year-old forward has never missed more than 13 games in any season of his 16-year career, when he missed that many during 2014-15 with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersRelated Articles Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Even before a scheduled medical evaluation on Wednesday, the Lakers knew that LeBron James would not join them on their upcoming two-game trip.An ESPN report early late Tuesday night indicated that James would not travel for games at Oklahoma City (Thursday) and Houston (Saturday), citing information from his agent Rich Paul. That was later affirmed by the Lakers, who said James was cleared in his evaluation to begin practices next week after the Lakers return Sunday for a stretch of five games in a row at Staples Center.The plan would extend the Lakers star’s absence to 13 games with his strained left groin. Several reports, including from ESPN and The Athletic, have indicated James is willing to take as much time as needed to heal.It’s not a shock, given that James has just recently returned to shooting and passing in half-court scenarios with the team. Before Wednesday, he had not been cleared for more taxing work, and groin injuries are notoriously prone to reinjury and are sometimes slow to heal.
Haris Medunjanin, a football player in Philadelphia, has delighted the American public at the yesterday’s match between Philadelphia and DC United.At 74th minute, in Philadelphia’s lead with a 1:0, Luciano Acosta pushed Medunjanin who fell, and judge Sorin Stoica showed a direct red card to Argentinian.After Acosta in disbelief watched what was happening, Stoica approached Medunjanin and asked him if the Argentinian had deliberately hit him, Medunjanin said he did not get a punch, but that Acosta has just pushed him. Stoica changed his decision and redone the red card to the DC United midfielder.“I always want to win, but I do not want to win the win in an unfair way. It is important that we win in a fair way,” said Medunjanin, whose team celebrated 1: 0.“I suppose Haris wants to win a fair play prize,” Alejandro Bedoy, the captain of Philadelphia made a joke.(Source: klix)