After Falling to Wounded Wolves, Lakers Face DeRozan-less Raptors

After their stunning upset of the Deee-Wight Howard-less Houston Rockets, the Lakers have fallen back to reality, losing four straight games since, including Friday’s one-point loss to the undermanned, wounded T’ Wolves, who are without their three best players. Nevertheless, while the Lakers made it close, there never really was much doubt that they’d pull defeat from the jaws of victory. The 3-13 Lakers met a Minnesota team playing for an extended period without three-fifths of their starting lineup, point guard Ricky Rubio, shooting guard Kevin Martin, and center Nikola Pekovic. In the game, not only were these three missing, but overall first pick in the 2014 draft, Andrew Wiggins, was awful, hitting 20% of hit shots while scoring three points in 30 minutes against the non-existent Lakers’ “defense”.

Just how bad do you have to be to lose to this group? Well, maybe the Wolves are not that bad, I mean, they do have former UCLA Bruin and 13th pick overall, Zach LaVine, who had the best game of his young career, hitting 11-of-14 off the bench, for a career high 28 points, in only 26 minutes. Further evidence of how bad the Lakers' defense is,
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is that former Clipper Mo Williams, now playing for his fifth team in the last five seasons, shooting 39% and averaging nine points, hit for 25 on eight-of-13 sooting, filing in for the injured Rubio.

Tonight, the Lakers face a good team, the 13-3 Raptors who have, amazingly enough, the Eastern Conference’s best record. But, they did all of that WITH trojan brain surgeon DeMar DeRozan, their leading scorer, who is now out indefinitely with a torn hamstring. As far as relative talent is concerned, the Raptors could put a ravaged turkey carcass out on the court in DeRozan’s uniform, and get the same result as with him, but its the emotional factor of a great season being slammed by losing a supposed top player like the former trojan that may put Toronto into a funk, that could make the game closer that it should be.

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And speaking of the Lakers sucky-ness, the LA Times Ben Bolch had an interesting article today, in which he appears to be holding Lakers' head man little Jimmy Buss to his word that if the Lakers don't get back into championship contention, that he might just take a few of his many millions and say au revoir to the
head-manning job he inherited from his Pop. Jimmy said he would give himself “three or four years” to get back into contention, but Bolch seems to be saying that the clock is ticking very loudly in the ears of Lakers’ fans, many of whom are paying four-figure sums for the best seats in silent Staples, and that another three years of the status quo will not be accepted too well, not that it is being accept too well now.

I don’t have to say it, but the Lakers are on pace for the worst season in franchise history, winning 18.8% of their games so far. Back in the land of a thousand lakes, where the team should have left their name, the team back in the 1957-8 season there won a total of 19 of 72 for the season, which was 26.4% of their games. To beat that mark, the 2014-2015 Lakers would have to win 19 of their remaining 56 games, for a season total of 22. Is the current team capable of accomplishing that? Having to ask that question at all sums it all up.

For the record, probably not.

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