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Lakers officially eliminated from playoff contention

Mar 15, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

Kobe Bryant AP

It seems almost too easy to link to a famous video clip of an NFL head coach mocking the very mention of the word playoffs, when his team was playing nowhere near a level that would suggest that as a possibility.

But that might have been a legitimate reaction for some when hearing the news that the Lakers — yes, the same team that has had a season so disastrous that the word catastrophic doesn’t even feel strong enough to describe it — have officially been eliminated from playoff contention.

After suffering yet another historic loss, this time at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs, the inevitable became conclusive when L.A. was mathematically disqualified from reaching the postseason.

From Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

The Lakers (22-44) were officially eliminated from playoff contention after experiencing another brutal night on defense. Who knew their victory over Oklahoma City on Sunday would become the miracle of the NBA season?

No need to stop just yet. The Spurs’ victory pushed the trio of Tim DuncanTony Parker and Manu Ginobili past the “Showtime” group of Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Cooper for second-most regular-season victories by three NBA teammates (491).

In addition to the former Lakers trio being surpassed in career wins by the current Spurs one, San Antonio recorded its largest margin of victory against the L.A. franchise (34 points) since a 32-point win in 1977.

It’s been a season of humiliation for a Lakers team that has largely avoided that feeling for the vast majority of its existence. At this point, these milestones teams are recording against them are simply adding insult to injury, but it will all come to a merciful conclusion on April 16 now that the playoffs are formally out of reach.

  1. unfly - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:33 PM


    • stadix093 - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:15 PM


  2. davidly - Mar 15, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Classic Spurs. In spite of having 119 points, the highest scorer had 15, all thirteen players scored and had at least one assist (eleven of them dished it out at least twice), they all grabbed at least a rebound (twelve of them at least three). You’d think they were being micromanaged if you hadn’t seen them display this kind of balance against greater teams.

  3. 00maltliquor - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    ……or you can go the glass is half full approach and say…

    Lakers officially entering the draft lottery in a loaded draft, ensuring they get a better pick then close to the last decade of bum draft picks!

    (“whatever makes you sleep good at night malt”…yeah yeah, I did it for you.)

  4. eugenesaxe1 - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    Somebody send Jimbo Buss a cookiegram, he could probably use some cheering up.

  5. azarkhan - Mar 15, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    I thought the Lakers were eliminated in January. My mistake.

  6. pfic15 - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Even when healthy next year…the chip won’t reside in LA for awhile.

  7. bigdaddy44 - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:08 PM

    The tank for #1 is in high gear.

  8. lakerade - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Helin > Pollokoff

  9. jerdogthompson - Mar 15, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Too bad Popeye Mamba ;(

  10. ncarolinarn7 - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    D’Antonio has to know what’s coming.

    • ranfan12 - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:08 PM

      A contract extension knowing Jim Buss

  11. Nostrils10 - Mar 15, 2014 at 6:56 PM


  12. ufools - Mar 15, 2014 at 7:31 PM

    Mathematically maybe…..but reason dismissed them a couple months ago.

  13. thevikesarebest - Mar 15, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Haha lakers are pathetic and hopeless just like the packers.SKOL

  14. luz56 - Mar 15, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    I’m a Lakers fan but it’s hard to take with Jimmy… know as the fastest sperm that day.. running the show. I think their days as a perennial champ are over with today’s athletes not caring so much about the name on the front of the jersey. Jimmy you are a failure. If you could have learned one thing from pops it should have been let basketball people run the show and you run the extra cuticular activities

  15. brugis23 - Mar 15, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Why is it that everytime I read a comment from a laker fan I imagine that guy is Mexican…and I’m Mexican! And a laker hater

    • jimeejohnson - Mar 16, 2014 at 8:42 AM

      Cause you’re a loser, too.

  16. abchome - Mar 16, 2014 at 12:52 AM

    The first to clinch a lottery spot, beating Milwaukee and Philly? The Lakers are ninja!

    • eugenesaxe1 - Mar 16, 2014 at 2:27 AM

      Gotta be best at something, even if something=sucking at basketball.

  17. fmvonmanstein - Mar 16, 2014 at 5:52 AM

    “We’ll be better without Dwight…..”

    famous last words.

    Go Rockets.

  18. xxakshunxx - Mar 16, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    Lakers are out before the Sixers lol.. the East might as well start their playoffs in the 2nd round, only have 4 legit teams

  19. jimeejohnson - Mar 16, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Los Angeles has a great basketball team but it ain’t the Lakers.

  20. 1harrypairatesties - Mar 16, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Phil!…. (sniff-sniff) Come back Phil! ….. Why??! (Nancy Kerrigan) Why??! (sniff-sniff)

  21. drewzducks - Mar 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Happens to the best of them. LA’s 11 titles are somewhat impressive though.

    • asimonetti88 - Mar 16, 2014 at 3:03 PM


  22. sportsfan18 - Mar 16, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    The problem for Laker fans is that when the whole will Dwight stay or will Dwight go drama was playing out last summer, the Lakers fans were ALL saying just wait for the 2014 season.

    The Lakers are not going to be realistic title contenders next season.

    The organization has fallen more than people want to admit. Thumbs down doesn’t change the facts.

    The question now is how many years will it take for them to dig out of the hole they are in?

  23. jimsjam33 - Mar 17, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    Trade for Griffin , CP3 and Jordan !

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