The Lakers are 8-1/2 games within the encourage of the Warriors (21-4) and path the Suns (20-4) by eight, but the distance between them feels even higher to Charles Barkley.

“They’re no longer even on the same planet with the Suns and the Warriors,” Barkley acknowledged Tuesday evening on TNT after the Lakers (13-13) beat the Celtics on the network.

This became all half of a debate between Kenny Smith, Shaquille O’Neal and Barkley about whether or no longer the Lakers will eventually discontinue up a top-four seed within the Western Convention.

“The Lakers are no longer going to be within the head four,” Barkley acknowledged. “I manufacture no longer care what any one says.”

O’Neal and Smith disagreed.

“Let me negate you why they’re going to be four or five,” O’Neal acknowledged. “They don’t desire that seventh or that eighth space come playoff time. Matchup gleaming, they enact no longer prefer Phoenix or Golden State within the first round.”

That led to Barkley’s “same planet” comment.

The Lakers are seventh within the West after dropping, 108-95, Thursday at Memphis (15-11), which is two games ahead of them within the fourth space.

The Lakers started 0-2 after home losses to Golden State and Phoenix.

Lakers forward LeBron James reacts against the Pistons in the first half on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Los Angeles.

Lakers ahead LeBron James reacts against the Pistons within the first half of on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles hasn’t performed neither group since but eradicate on Phoenix at home Dec. 21 after a 3-game twin carriageway shuttle.

The Lakers can contain to wait a cramped bit longer for a rematch with Golden State. The 2 teams can also merely no longer face every other all over again except Feb. 12 in San Francisco.

Last season, the Lakers done seventh within the West after beating Golden State within the play-in tournament, but misplaced to Phoenix within the first round in six games.

The 2d-seeded Suns reached the finals and built a 2-0 lead over Milwaukee sooner than dropping four straight to the NBA champion Bucks.

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