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The Lakers have nary a care for the end of the regular season

Apr 9, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

Derek Fisher

The Lakers lost their fourth game in a row Friday night to a 93-86 decision against the Blazers. It wound up with a decent point differential but the truth is the game was much more of a blowout. A late Lakers run with bench players made it seem easier, but in reality, the Lakers gave a horrible effort. That’s not exaggeration. They simply could not be bothered to try. And Phil Jackson was pretty honest about it post-game.

Phil Jackson’s unhappy: “These guys just don’t want to play hard right now.” No argument here.

via Twitter / @Mike Bresnahan: Phil Jackson’s unhappy: “T ….

The Lakers laughed off their third loss in a row. They’ll likely laugh off this one as well. Kobe Bryant for one vowed that the loss would not stand as acceptable, though he wasn’t in any way off the charts angry.

“We’ll have a good conversation,” Bryant said. “It’s always a surprise to get beat like that.”

via Lakers are defenseless in 93-86 loss to Trail Blazers – latimes.com.

This is nothing new for the Lakers. They tore off a huge win-streak after the All-Star break, proved they were the team everyone thought they were. Then they stopped trying. They’re coasting. And they’ll turn it on in the playoffs like they always do. The only people they’re hurting are the Lakers fans living in Portland who attended the game. There’s no threat to their playoff hopes, no damper on their planning for another championship parade. This is just the result of a long regular season for a team looking to three-peat. How could a loss like this possibly matter to them?

In unrelated news, the Mavericks are now a single game back of the Lakers for the 2nd seed in the West. The Heat and Celtics are now tied were they to meet in the Finals, and were the Lakers to face the top-seeded Bulls in the Finals, Game 1 would be in United Center. You know. Unrelated.

 

 

  1. therookie773 - Apr 9, 2011 at 7:31 PM

    Ya, screw this game.

  2. corharper - Apr 10, 2011 at 5:47 AM

    The Lakers may not care, but Kobe does. He is an ultimate competitor. However, he can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

    The Lakers hope that light is NOT those Trail Blazers.

    The Blazers are a different team with their new addition, Gerald Wallace. He brings toughness to a solid and tough team.

    In this case… different is good and more is better.

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