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Nuggets’ Paul Millsap admits it’s ‘shocking’ to see LeBron James, Lakers behind in playoff race

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LeBron James is on the verge of missing the playoffs this season for the first time since his second year in the NBA, and Denver Nuggets power forward Paul Millsap is a little shocked by it.

Entering Wednesday, the Los Angeles Lakers are 30-34, which puts them at the 11th spot in the Western Conference standings. Los Angeles hosts the Nuggets on Wednesday and Millsap is looking to crush the Lakers’ playoff hopes completely with a win at Staples Center.

“It’s shocking to see that,” Millsap said about James and the Lakers being out of the playoff picture, via Mike Singer of the Denver Post. “LeBron’s always been a guy who gets in the playoffs. That’s where he makes his name. To see it, it’s a little shocking. To me, I don’t care. Tonight hopefully we get out there, stick a fork in him, and they’ll be done.”

The Lakers are five-and-a-half games back of the San Antonio Spurs for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. LeBron James is still universally recognized as the best player in the world, but it’s going to take a miracle run by Los Angeles — coupled with the teams ahead of them faltering — for the Purple and Gold to reach the postseason.