JaVale McGee explains Lakers’ mentality after playoff elimination | NBA

JaVale McGee desires the Lakers to proceed competing.

Los Angeles was formally eradicated from playoff rivalry with a 111-106 loss to the Nets this weekend. McGee, nonetheless, doesn’t consider that ought to change the crew’s mindset.

“It’s extraordinarily unlucky that we’re not making the playoffs, one thing I actually wished to do,” McGee stated, by way of the Los Angeles Instances. “However, a number of the occasions it occurs.”

McGee stated the Lakers will proceed to give attention to “getting wins and taking part in exhausting.”

“That’s what our mentality is. There isn’t a slacking,” McGee stated. “As a crew that’s not making the playoffs, I’m planning on taking part in groups which can be speculated to make the playoffs and knocking them out too. May as nicely.”

Lakers coach Luke Walton stated his message to the crew gained’t change over the ultimate few weeks of the season.

“It’s nonetheless about gamers getting higher,” Walton stated. “It’s nonetheless about going on the market and respecting the sport and giving all the things we now have to attempt to win. We owe that, like I stated, to ourselves, our teammates, our group, to the followers.

“So, will probably be quite a lot of that and I totally anticipate our guys to proceed to present that.”

The Lakers started the season with a 20-14 report earlier than star LeBron James suffered a strained groin on Dec. 25. He missed the subsequent 17 video games and the crew by no means recovered.

Los Angeles additionally handled accidents to key function gamers all through 2018-19, which McGee described as “astonishing.”

“I don’t suppose I’ve seen something like this in my life,” McGee stated. “It was simply so many accidents. … It was simply quite a lot of issues taking place this season that it was identical to any individual put a juju on us.”

McGee is averaging 11.four factors and 7 rebounds throughout his first season with Los Angeles. He will likely be a free agent this summer time.

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