Are the Lakers the most embarrassing team in the NBA? After yet another disappointing loss, this time to the (4-17) Cleveland Cavaliers, unfortunately they could very well be. The Lakers lost 100-94, making them 1-5 out of their last 6 games and putting them at 9-13 on the season.
What about the (3-15) Washington Wizards you might ask, surely it must be more difficult to root for the Wizards? While the Wiz may have a worse record, they don’t have nearly the talent the Lakers have. The players, coaching, talent, history, and resources are all there in Los Angeles. The only thing missing are the results. The Lakers don’t have all of their star players though, surely they will pick things up when they are back, right? Maybe so, but how many games has John Wall played this year? With the talent the Lakers have, the problems go beyond having Nash and now Gasol sitting on the bench. Kobe can’t seem to wrap his head around it either,
This is one of the most challenging stretches of my 17 years, and the most baffling, too. We have the talent and personnel to do it, but we’re not, and it’s baffling. It’s extremely frustrating.”
On Tuesday night, it was a new city, same problems. While the defense seemed to improve, the Lakers for the third game in a row had a huge slump in the 2nd quarter, getting outscored 25-16. Turnovers were once again a major problem, finishing with 18 for the game.
The Lakers struggled at the line shooting 25-40, and in an area that has been great for them all season, they finished the game shooting only 7-27 from the 3 point line. Kyrie Irving shined in his return from injury, putting up 28 points and 11 assists and Kobe finished with 42 points on 28 shots. The Lakers now move to 1-10 on the season when Kobe scores over 30 points.
The Lakers have developed a pattern of digging themselves into a deep hole, and then struggling the rest of the game to crawl back out. Tuesday was no different, with the Lakers falling behind by 16 before bringing it back to within 3 by the final seconds. Once again, this hole was too deep to climb out of.
On Thursday the Lakers face the red hot Knicks, a preview of the marquee matchup on Christmas day. We must now hope that the hole the Lakers are digging themselves to begin this season, isn’t quite deep enough for the Lakers to climb to the prize at the top of it. For right now at least, it seems there is nowhere to go but up.