In a matchup of two of the NBA's worst teams, the Lakers came up with one of their worst efforts this season.
They lost to the New York Knicks, 92-80, on Sunday after shooting only 36% from the field and failing to outscore Carmelo Anthony in the third quarter.
Almost everybody was off the mark for the Lakers, who fell to 13-35.
Robert Sacre missed all six of his shots. Wayne Ellington was two for 12. Wesley Johnson was four for 12.
Jordan Clarkson was pretty much the only standout for the Lakers, scoring 19 points by making six of 13 shots, including a long three-pointer in the final seconds.
Nick Young sat out because of a sprained ankle and then Jordan Hill left in the first quarter because of a strained right quadriceps. In the phrase that Lakers’ fans have grown to hate, he will be evaluated again Monday.
With Hill sidelined, the Lakers’ second-half starting lineup was Clarkson, Ellington, Sacre, Ryan Kelly and Tarik Black.
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The Lakers (13-34) start a four-game road trip on Sunday, visiting the New York Knicks (9-38) at Madison Square Garden.
The Knicks are a rare team, sitting below the Lakers in the standings, but they've played well over the past handful of games.
After losing nine straight, the Lakers upset the Chicago Bulls in double overtime on Thursday night, 123-118.
Nick Young (ankle) and Tarik Black (ankle) are questionable for the Lakers. Julius Randle (knee), Steve Nash (back) and Kobe Bryant are done for the season.
Amar'e Stoudemire (ankle), Andrea Bargnani (calf), Jose Calderon (knee) and Travis Wear (hip) aren't expected to play for the Knicks.
Dealing with all-star Carmelo Anthony is an issue for most teams. New York has had trouble winning games this season but Anthony is still averaging 24.1 points a game.
Power forward Ryan Kelly has recently started out of position at small forward for the Lakers, which could be a problem defensively against the Knicks.
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Second-year power forward Ryan Kelly scored a game-high 30 points on Friday nights, making a quick appearance with the D-Fenders.
The Lakers briefly assigned Kelly to their NBA Development League affiliate, and the Duke product helped lead the D-Fenders (9-19) to a 136-126 victory over the Bakersfield Jam (19-9).
Kelly hit eight of 18 from the field, along with 11 of 12 free-throw attempts.
Vander Blue scored 27 points, Jamaal Franklin had 22 with 14 rebounds and Jabari Brown, who went through training camp with the Lakers, added 21 points.
Roscoe Smith, who was the Lakers' final cut before the regular season, tallied his D-League leading 21st double-double with 18 points and 15 rebounds.
Former Clippers forward Reggie Bullock, recently traded to the Phoenix Suns, scored 26 points with 11 rebounds on assignment with the Jam.
Kelly, who has started the last four games out of position at small forward, was recalled by the Lakers (13-34) after the game and will travel with the team to New...Read more
Before the Lakers head out on a four-game trip, starting in New York on Sunday, second-year forward Ryan Kelly will play a game in El Segundo on assignment in the NBA Development League.
The Lakers sent Kelly to the D-Fenders, who play host to the Bakersfield Jam on Friday, but are expected to recall the 23-year-old Duke product in time to fly to New York on Saturday.
Kelly struggled to stay healthy for most of the first half of the season, fighting through multiple hamstring issues.
Through 17 games, Kelly is averaging 7.8 points and 6.1 rebounds and shooting just 32.2% from the field.
Coach Byron Scott recently moved Kelly into the starting lineup, out of position at small forward.
"Right now, he's trying to find his way at that position," said Scott. "I'm just trying to see if he can play that position as well."
The transition hasn't been seamless. Kelly is shooting just 23.1% through the four starts.
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Kobe Bryant’s season-ending injury put the Lakers in a difficult position, but Nick Young had a plan.
“Just give me the ball and get out of the way,” Young said.
That was on Monday, a day after Young sat for the entire second half in a game against the Houston Rockets. Since then, it has been Young who has gotten out the way. He sprained his ankle in Monday’s practice and hasn’t played since.
Young did some shooting in practice on Friday, but Coach Byron Scott said his status remains uncertain when the Lakers play the Knicks on Sunday.
“He was real light on it so I don’t know if he can really run and cut and all that stuff,” Scott said. “So again we’ll just have to wait and see.”
Wayne Ellington has assumed the bulk of Young's minutes in the two games since the injury. Ellington has averaged 25.5 points, three assists and four rebounds on a combined 21 of 29 shooting.
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Kobe Bryant will miss his second straight All-Star Game in February, out for the season with a torn rotator cuff.
On Friday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver added Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins to the Western Conference All-Star roster as Bryant's replacement.
Bryant was voted in as a starter, by the fans last week, to his 17th All-Star Game, second only to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who was selected 19 times over his career.
The 36-year old Bryant missed last year's game with a knee injury, and also sat out in 2010, and played a token three minutes in 2008.
Making his first All-Star appearance, Cousins is averaging 23.8 points and 12.3 rebounds a game this season for the Kings.
He'll join Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans); Marc Gasol (Memphis Grizzlies); Blake Griffin and Chris Paul (Clippers); Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors); Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook (San Antonio Spurs); LaMarcus Aldridge (Portland Trail Blazers); James Harden (Houston Rockets);...Read more