MILWAUKEE — The
But they can always remember one thing about this season. They swept the
It became official Thursday, 108-105, another loss for the Lakers that was only slightly better than their dismal one at home to the Bucks. On
Was it already mentioned that the Bucks are the worst team in the NBA?
This one took place in front of thousands of empty seats because the
The Lakers (24-47) were actually somewhat close to their first three-game winning streak since November but lost when
It wasn't a total loss for the Lakers at BMO Harris
"I hear from them all the time," said D'Antoni, who played at Marshall and remains a big fundraiser for the university. "I'm close friends to them. Whatever they need, I try to do. Come on, guys."
D'Antoni has one more season on his Lakers contract for about $4 million.
At any rate, the Lakers didn't look like the team that scored a franchise-record 51 points in the third quarter Tuesday against New York. They committed 20 turnovers — five each by point guards Kendall Marshall and Kent Bazemore — and let the Bucks shoot 55.7%
Part of their strategy was actually detailed beforehand by D'Antoni.
They watched him. That's about all they did.
Knight scored 30 points and added three assists for Milwaukee (14-58). His backcourt mate, former Lakers guard
"We've got to alter shots, block shots. We've got to help our guards out as much as possible," said power forward
For what it's worth, there was a discussion about the Lakers needing to lose more games to retain optimal lottery position. It happened before Thursday's tipoff. And it was reporters asking D'Antoni about it.
"We don't want to get into that. It's not fair for these guys to even think about that," D'Antoni said. "We're trying to win every game we can."
Lakers General Manager
D'Antoni agreed Thursday.
"I don't think you can anyway. It never works out the way you want it," the coach said. "So why not do the best job we can do and then wherever it falls, it falls."
They fell flat against Milwaukee.
Not that it was surprising. Even against the lowest of the NBA lows.