…and when I say embarrassed, I really mean mortified…and when I say mortified, I really mean completely and utterly humiliated. Crestfallen, if you will. How else can you describe a 48-point beating by a team who could barely keep a roster of healthy players in tact not too long ago? A team with a turnstile philosophy when it came to coaching changes? A team who couldn’t win 25% of their games?
Now the roles have been reversed. The Lakers have been an unhealthy bunch for the last two seasons. They will barely win a quarter of their games by the time April rolls around. And since they won their last championship in 2010, they’ve had two coaching changes (three if you count the Bernie Bickerstaff era that lasted about four days).
How bad was tonight’s game?
The Lakers were outscored by two points in the first quarter and they won by a point in the fourth quarter. In the second and third quarters, however, the Clippers outscored the Lakers 80-33. The Clippers led by as much as 51 points. It was as like a vengeful rage, for all the seasons that the Lakers made them the laughing stock of the NBA.
Eight Clippers scored in double figures; just three players for the Lakers.
The Clippers had 18 turnovers, and the all the Lakers could produce from it were 15 points, which isn’t a surprise seeing as to how they could barely shoot 40% from the field, while the Clippers ran with a 55% shooting percentage.
Along with this embarrassing night comes an even more shameful fact – this was the team’s worst loss in franchise history. What a terrible piece of Laker trivia to be part of.