So, we endured a lost Lakers season, Lakers fans! Yippeee. Yeah, whatever. Right? It’s time to look forward to the draft, to the lottery, to free agent signings over the Summer. What will the Buss family do? Will they let Mitch Kupchak run the team? Apparently they weren’t too kean on turning over the day-to-day operations to Phil Jackson. Will they wait even 24 hours to fire Mike D’Antoni? Seriously, I can’t imagine him as The Lakers head coach next year. Can you? If he is, will any of us watch? If he is, will any “superstars” sign on to play alongside Kobe Bryant for what may be his last hoorah?
The Lakers beat The Spurs tonight with strong play from Jordan Hill and a supporting cast that play a very balanced “team effort” from start to finish! Why couldn’t they do this more consistently? I seriously doubt that The Spurs didn’t care about this game enough to try to win it, even if Tim Duncan didn’t play. Kawhi Leonard played, and so did Manu Ginobli. But Kendall Marshall played a very productive game from the Point Guard spot: 15 points, 11 assists, and 4-4 from 3-point range!
Ryan Kelly, I think, is somebody that The Lakers should try to keep for next year. But does anybody have any clue what this team will look like come next October? Beyond injuries to Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol and Steve Nash, those guys coupled with other guys injured right now would field a playoff team most years: Kent Bazemore, Xavier Henry, and Chris Kaman. Is there any faith in the franchise left to believe The Lakers will be that much better next year? So many tough question…
Lakers 113, Spurs 100 (Recap).
I would be very surprised if Wesley Johnson was on this team, again, next year; yet, due to all the injuries, he was forced to play defense on some of the best players in the league – and he might make the right team better, if he was used in that way. Johnson was drafted, in the 1st round, years ago, as a shooter; but, his shot has never been anything but inconsistent in the NBA – which is all you could say about it tonight (5-17) with 11 rebounds. Will Xavier Henry return? Do The Lakers consider him a good enough talent to retain? He was definitely a crowd pleaser, at times. Kendall Marshall may be our only viable Point Guard moving forward, so love him or hate him, we may be stuck with him – and that isn’t a bad thing, necessarily. He is definitely a pass first Point Guard, and his shots have been horrible because of that fact: if he recognized his right to shoot, he has a great stroke when he catches the ball to shoot it. Worthy seems to think he lacks foot speed, and lateral quickness – so…
We shall see what direction The Lakers move in soon enough. For tonight, I am ecstatic that this lackluster group was able to beat the Western Conference #1 Seed heading into the playoffs! To ever beat The San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio anytime of the year is a noteworthy win! To beat The Los Angeles Clippers to start the season and to beat The San Antonio Spurs is total irony amidst the poor season contained within them.
The Lakers end the season on a high note! 27-55
Of all ironies, I did not see this effort by The Los Angeles Lakers coming tonight! Did you? I mean, yeah, sure, The San Antonio Spurs are resting Tim Duncan, and Marco Belinelli, but they should still be able to beat this year’s version of a lackluster Lakers team with a cumulative effort – shouldn’t they?
Lakers 99, Spurs 88 (In Progress) – 4:30 to go.
All 5 Lakers starters are in double figures. Daniel Green is normally a steady performer for The Spurs, but, so far, tonight, he is only 3-13. It doesn’t hurt any that The Lakers have yet to commit a turnover in the 2nd Half. Where did this effort come from? And The Spurs are supposed to be a contender for the championship this year? #smh
If you look at scoring totals from starters tonight you are shaking your head to determine how The Los Angeles Lakers beat The Jazz in Utah tonight. Answer: Nick Young! Off the bench, Nick Young is still giving his “all” to the cause, for a career high no less of 41 points! If Bazemore hadn’t become injured, I wonder if he gets that much opportunity to shoot? #justcurious
Then again, I think Jordan Hill has been one of our best, most consistent players all season long – the problem is that he is an “energy”-guy, a benchplayer on any winning franchise, not a starter. But, he played very well against this other team heading to the lottery…
Lakers 119, Jazz 104 (Recap).
If Jodie Meeks is the most efficient of all the Lakers, as I heard James Worthy just speak of him, you can accept it as high praise – even though some might belittle it as an indicator of how fans have potentially accepted less than the degree of ability necessary for a perennial playoff team to provide the best possible product.
And now we await the lottery selection and possible free agent signings this off-season that will delight Lakers fans again with a season that hopefully includes more wins than losses.
My apologies to those of you that are disappointed by my lack of belief in this management team with this head coach being able to do anything remotely close to being considered remarkable at putting together a team around an aging superstar that will do much better than that.
Go, Lakers! May you be awesome again, sooner than later – please. Goodnight.
This dreadful, lost season, for The Los Angeles Lakers has almost come to a merciful ending. And in typical 2013-14 fashion they teased the fans into believing they had a chance to win until after the 2nd Half started. Who am I kidding?
Grizzlies 102, Lakers 90 (Recap).
There were some good plays, some fun moments, but nothing of any redeeming, memorable value that resembled any real momentum building to a climactic effort of steal victory from sure defeat.
It was good to see Steve Blake playing well, and playing in front of The Staples Center crowd: I just wish he was still with The Los Angeles Lakers, and not playing against us for The Golden State Warriors. It was interesting to see how they utilize him now to anchor their 2nd unit, behind Steph Curry. Also interesting was how David Lee is now coming off the bench for them, which may work out in the long run – possibly. #unexpected
The New York Knicks are fighting for the last playoff spot, in the East, against Atlanta, who has a 2-game lead; but, it also appears that The Hawks, at best, will only lose one more game against a softer schedule to end the season. #misseditbythatmuch
Out here in the Western Conference, the three team battle for 2 spots remains: Dallas, Memphis & Phoenix – The Suns hopes appear to be most like to fade into the sunset. #idontcare
Warriors 112, Lakers 95 (Recap).
It was an encouraging game, as it began, The Lakers staying with The Warriors until a 34-34 tie. They were tied after a 1st Quarter last second shot by Jordan Farmar at 26-26, but he didn’t play well after that. Honestly, that 32-17 deficit to The Warriors favor to go into Halftime down 15 points was demoralizing. The Warriors aren’t as good as they were last year: they miss Jarrett Jack. Why did he leave? For Cleveland? #smh
Bogut, Speights, Lee, the strength of their frontline, it’s just better than what we can muster out of Hill, Sacre, Kelly. Jordan Hill continues to put up decent numbers, but no matter who he plays for next year, he is a energy guy, off the bench, much like David Lee these days – except Lee has better scoring ability while Hill is better, defensively. Neither guy is tremendously effective against the league’s top talent, but they hold their own, and they are fun to watch, against most teams. #whatever
So, was it amazing that The Los Angeles Lakers scored 130 points? Absolutely! But, it just didn’t matter. Did it? #smh
The Los Angeles Lakers played with basically half of their roster injured, and The Houston Rockets beat them without their best defensive player, Beverley, and Dwight Howard is apparently still needing more time to overcome his most recent setback. Or is he being rested for the playoffs? #idontcare
Okay. So, this season is almost over. #yippee!!!!
Oh, yeah: Congrats, Steve Nash! – now 3rd all-time in assists, passing Mark Jackson for that honor. He is trailing which guys? Stockton and Magic? #goodcompany
The Clippers are the best NBA team in Los Angeles, this year. There. I said it. You knew that, right?
That Doc Rivers guy can coach! Late season acquisitions have The Clippers well-positioned for a deep run into the playoffs.
The Lakers are in total disarray, and the future is looking a little bit uncertain. What we do know is the organization is focused on helping get their injured players back into playing form. Add Kent Bazemore to the long list of injuries for The Lakers, which has included: Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash, Xavier Henry, Jordan Farmar, Jordan Hill, and Chris Kaman. #unbelievable
Jordan Hill ended up with decent numbers: 22 points, 9 rebounds; but, The Lakers were out-played at every position, and out-scored in every quarter. They won the opening game of the season vs. The Clippers, and this may have been the closest margin of defeat of the final three matchups of these two teams but it was still a rout. #ugh