Despite 10 assists from Kendall Marshall as well as 10 rebounds from Wesley Johnson and a double-double from Jordan Hill, it wasn’t enough to keep the Sacramento Kings from prevailing with a win. Once down by 11 going into the 4th quarter, the Lakers were led by tenacious play from Jodie Meeks & Kent Bazemore to bring the game within 3 points with less than 2 minutes left in regulation. However, Rudy Gay, Ray MaCallum, & Demarcus Cousins, with 31, 27, and 20 points, respectively, proved too much for the Lakers to overcome in an 107-102 loss to the Kings. The Lakers had previously won 5 straight vs. their in-state rival as the Kings avoided a series sweep vs. L.A. in the 2013-14 season. On the court, defense has definitely been a huge issue. The Lakers are among worst in the league in points allowed with a whooping 108.9 points allowed. Injuries, as with all season, have also been a large reason the 2013-14 Lakers have been so bad. Laker bigs Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman both did not play and Xavier Henry has played once in the last 4 games due to a wrist injury that has him day-to-day.
D’Antoni: “We had a tough trip, on the flight up we lost 4 guys!” (True, No Pau, Kaman, Xavier or Nash, all guys they had last night)
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) April 3, 2014
The loss marks the Lakers 6th consecutive loss on the road and first 50 game losing season since the late Bill Sharman‘s 1974-75 Lakers (30-52). Heading into Tuesday’s matchup, the Lakers had previously eclipsed their highest loss total in 20 years as-is since the 1993-94, a year where Randy Pfund, Bill Bertka, and Magic Johnson shared coaching duties for the Lakers. Next for the Lakers is attempting to avoid their worst losing season since being residents of Los Angeles (30-52). As well as their worst losing season in franchise history, 19-53, which belongs to the 1957-58 Minneapolis Lakers. The good news, if any consolation, the Lakers now have a 21.5% chance at a top 3 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft…that they may trade to Minnesota for Kevin Love if rumors are true.