Despite the Lakers' plan to scale back James' minutes for the remainder of the season - with the 32-minute range being a guidepost - coach Luke Walton was prepared to sub James back into the game with three minutes remaining in the fourth quarter and his team up by 10, sending him to the scorer's table to check in.
Along with the roster itself, Woj focused on the fact that management is in full support of head coach Jim Boylen, who has helped improve the Bulls' overall toughness and team culture.
Short of a historical collapse on the part of the Los Angeles Clippers, Utah Jazz or San Antonio Spurs, and an unforeseen win tear from the Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James is set to miss the post-season for the first time since the 2004-05 season, his sophomore season in the National Basketball Association. Six Bulls notched double-figures as well, led by Lauri Markkanen's 17 points.
LeBron James continues to do it all for the Lakers.
Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 24 points and his teammate Kyle Kuzma produced 21 points for visitors.
So, Lakers ended their five-game losing streak in Chicago as the Western Conference team earned their last win against New Orleans Pelicans on February 28 in Los Angeles.
Khris Middleton had 23 points, Malcolm Brogdon added 18, and Eric Bledsoe and former Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic each scored 14 for the Bucks. Brook Lopez finished with 13.
NEW ORLEANS - Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points and Milwaukee used a 45-point third quarter to pull away from New Orleans.
The 76ers held off the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-99, with Ben Simmons scoring 26 points and Joel Embiid making 19 rebounds.
IN snapped its two-game losing streak and remained tied with Philadelphia for the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference. Cedi Osman added 18 and put the Cavs ahead 97-96 with under 3 minutes to go as boos rained down in Philly. Embiid also blocked four shots. Jalen Brunson scored a career-high 34 points for Dallas.
The Pacers rebounded from a pair of nationally televised double-digit defeats at Milwaukee and Philadelphia by beating the Knicks for the 13th time in their last 14 meetings in Indianapolis and completing their third season sweep of NY in the past five seasons.