They couldn't give their fans a victory, much like the rest of the season.
The Lakers (25-55) added to their most losses ever and finished 14-27 at home, their worst home record in 66 seasons of the franchise's existence.
There wasn't much to report on the court —
He wore a Jayhawks cap Sunday and not much of a facial expression. His father, Thomas, sat next to him, thumbing through a Lakers magazine while wearing a
Embiid stayed for all of Sunday's game, unlike many Lakers fans.
Nobody recognized him as he went up and down the stairs at halftime for a brief trip to the concourse. That would change quickly if the Lakers somehow ended up with him.
They would need significant help on lottery day (May 20). They are tied for the
The Lakers had a handful of good victories this season — the
The Lakers swept Boston, typically a reason to feel good about the franchise, though they'd have the fifth-worst record all to themselves if not for those victories.
The Lakers play Utah (24-56) on Monday, when the final score might be 31-28.
Neither team benefits from winning because they are within a game of each other in the standings. The ball might drop to the court after the referee tosses up the opening tip. Pingpong ball percentages are more important at this point.
"We're going to try to [win]," Lakers Coach
If the Lakers finish below Boston and Utah to grab the NBA's fourth-worst record, their chances at the top pick improve to 11.9%.
The Lakers stayed in Sunday's game until halfway through the third quarter, fading as Memphis realized the need to keep pace with
"Sometime there in the third … the air went out of us," said D'Antoni, who could have easily replaced "the third" with "February" without any argument.
It was possibly the last home game for 11 Lakers who become free agents in July, 12 if you include
"Some guys improved, but obviously that will be on management to get a good enough roster," D'Antoni said before mentioning Lakers executives
D'Antoni acknowledged the obvious, calling the last seven months a "rough year."
"It's time to turn the page," he said. "It's been a long page."