La — After the la Lakers missed the playoffs only five times from the first 65 decades of this franchise’s existence, Friday’s 111-106 loss to the Brooklyn Nets officially eradicated them from postseason contention for its sixth consecutive year.
This team, of course, didn’t have LeBron James.
In a sequence that just about sums up the Lakers’ season, L.A. had the chunk with 22.8 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter on Friday and trailed by just three once James slipped out of boundaries, losing the ownership with no Lakers even getting a shot off to try and tie.
It was a rocky time by the start for James and the Lakers. From the home opener, Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram both earned suspensions due to their function in an altercation with the Houston Rockets‘ Chris Paul. After a 2-5 start, Lakers president Magic Johnson dressed coach Luke Walton in a interview, expressing urgency that the team improve.
No excitement was generated come Christmas Day after the Lakers increased to No. 4 in the Western Conference standings after a triumph over the defending winner Golden State Warriors was quickly tamped down since James (slight tear in his groin) and Rondo (fractured finger) both suffered injuries that kept them out of the lineup for weeks.
After having a failed pursuit of Anthony Davis at February’s trade deadline,” Lakers brass put the postseason because their team’s Priority, with overall manager Rob Pelinka likening the improvements of Reggie Bullock along with Mike Muscala into the New England Patriots getting Julian Edelman back off suspension and creating a rush to the Superbowl.
“We now have an objective ahead of us to try and make the playoffs,” Johnson reported a couple days after the deadline. “That’s what it’s all about.”
After having a come-from-behind triumph on the Rockets in the first game following All-Star fracture, the Lakers hit the skids, losing 12 of their next 14 matches, culminating in the Friday’s defeat Brooklyn.
In one particularly damning extend from late February to early March, L.A. lost into some Davis-less Pelicans teaminto a Memphis team that came into the game using a 3-17 record in its previous 20 matches, to a Phoenix team with the worst record in the league and at home to Staples Center cohabitants, the LA Clippers, in a game found during that time as being a last-ditch chance to mount a playoff push contrary to the team that it was pursuing in the standings.
“Most losses hurt pretty awful, that you don’t experience great about these,” Walton said of that stretch at shootaround Friday morning. “But I understand what you’re asking, yeah, people are those when taking the opportunity to return at the reductions in 2013 those are a number of the painful ones”
With the playoffs out of this film, the Lakers will input into an offseason rife with speculation regarding the project security of Walton as well as the construction of this roster. Seven of L.A.’s 14 players have been set hitting free agency.