In another twist to an ever-worsening season, the
In a semi-related note, the Lakers lost, 111-104, dropping their fifth straight game and completing it with only five healthy reserves at Staples Center.
Make that 41/2.
The 76ers, by the way, were 8-21 and a horrendous
1-13 on the road before Sunday.
This was supposed to be a breezy week for the Lakers, who also play host to Milwaukee (6-24) and Utah (9-24). Now they find themselves in 13th place in the Western Conference with a 13-18 record.
If the Lakers can't beat the 76ers at home, what can they do? Not much.
"There's no secret formula or sauce," Coach
Gasol missed a third game because of an upper respiratory infection, though
Nick Young had 26 points but made only six of 21 shots, including two of 11 from three-point range.
"Nick, tonight, I thought forced too much and he was out of sorts," D'Antoni said. "But he'll have to go through that. He's being called to be the No. 1 guy and that's tough every night."
Henry came into the game averaging 10.4 points and 22.3 minutes, successfully transitioning from training-camp invitee to a resourceful swingman who even started a handful of games at point guard. His hard-charging method of getting to the basket made him one of the few Lakers who could create his own shot.
He was driving toward the basket when
"Just caught in a weird position," Henry said. "It feels weird. ... It just felt a little loose."
Henry becomes the fifth Lakers point guard to be injured, joining Blake,
"That seems to be an area that's not good," D'Antoni said.
Another not-so-good area — the Lakers' defense.
The 76ers scored almost nine points more than their average and dominated the Lakers in the paint, 52-28.
Forwards Young (25 points) and
"I don't have a whole lot of answers for you right today," D'Antoni said. "But we're not going to get discouraged and these guys are going to play hard."