Anthony Davis was forced to sit out this game with a left groin injury, the same ailment that only allowed him to play a handful of minutes in Game 4 and that shifted all the momentum in the Suns' favor.
Now, LeBron James will have to do a lot of heavy lifting to try and keep the Lakers' hopes alive and force Game 7, but the rest of the team will also have to step up if they don't want to suffer another major beatdown.
LeBron James Doesn't Think Anthony Davis Will Play In Game 6
The Lakers' chances get way slimmer without their second-best player and leading scorer on the court. Sadly for them, James believes that he's not going to be back to full strength and available for Thursday's matchup:
“My mindset is he’s not going to be able to play Game 6. If something changes, we go from there,” James told the media.
That's certainly a different attitude from LeBron James, who said that 'his shoulders were built like that for a reason' when he was asked whether he could lead the Lakers to a win before their tough loss in Game 5.
The Lakers looked defeated and lost for most of the game last night and they trailed by as many as 36 points. Their body language wasn't encouraging and it seems like it'll take a miracle for them to beat Phoenix without Davis on the lineup. But if someone can pull that off, that's LeBron James and the reigning NBA Champions.