That is according to NBA analyst Chris Broussard.
The Lakers suffered an embarrassing 117-113 loss against the Atlanta Hawks, and are now three games back from the last playoff spot in the Western Conference.
James recorded a triple-double on Tuesday night, but that wasn’t enough as his team-mates failed to support him.
The forward had 16 assists, while the rest of his team-mates combined had nine.
Whilst it is still possible that they can reach the playoffs, they are looking less likely to get to the seventh spot.
If they finish eighth, they will likely face the Warriors in the first round of the playoffs, assuming Golden State top the West as they have for the last five years.
And Broussard declared on Fox Sports 1’s Undisputed show that the Lakers have to take the time offering the All-Star break to recover, before making a run at the playoffs.
“I am fully on board with LeBron and Rondo,” he said.
“It does give them the perfect time to rest and decompress.
“Nine days before their next game I think the young guys can get their minds straight, and LeBron can rest and get his body straight.
“Lonzo [Ball] will be nearly back, so I think this is good for them.
“That said, there’s no excuse [for the Hawks loss].
“For the Lakers, that’s a horrible loss, but I still believe firmly that they will make the playoffs.
“The problem for the Lakers is that it’ll be tough to get to the seventh seed.
“San Antonio and Utah are both tied ahead of them, and that’s going to be the challenge.
“If you get to eighth, you get Golden State, and you don’t want that.”