LeBron James is relaxed about the Lakers’ playoff chances following Tuesday’s defeat against the Hawks.
The Lakers crashed to back-to-back losses after going down 117-113 to the lowly Hawks, despite James’ triple-double.
James — who was taunted by Hawks fans as they chanted “Kobe’s better” — tallied 28 points, 16 assists and 11 rebounds but his fifth triple-double of the season was not enough to lift the Lakers.
The Lakers (28-29) are now two-and-a-half-games behind the Kings for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference heading into the All-Star break.
LeBron James tallies his fifth triple-double of the season tonight with 28 points, 11 boards, and 16 assists. pic.twitter.com/z00zniaCCx
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 13, 2019
“You either make it or you don’t make it,” James said after tying Wilt Chamberlain for the fifth most triple-doubles ever with 78. “That’s when you worry about it.”
The Lakers have lost four of their past five games and James added: “Some guys have never played a playoff game before.
“You can’t teach them that. It’s very important to understand how important every game is, no matter who you’re playing or where you are.”
James — who signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers in the offseason — and the Lakers are back in action against the Rockets on Feb. 21.