Lakers' Week 19 in review

Lakers' Week 19 in review
Lakers guard Wayne Ellington, left, chases after the ball in front of Memphis Grizzlies guard Nick Calathes during the Lakers' 97-90 loss on March 6. (Brandon Dill / Associated Press)

The Lakers went winless through Week 19, falling to the Charlotte Hornets, Miami Heat, Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks.

The team also fell March 1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, making it five straight losses after the team had won three in a row.

Starting in Charlotte, the Lakers fell to the Hornets, 104-103, getting beaten by the hungrier team.

In a strong showing in Miami, the Lakers lost control late in the game, falling 100-94 -- although the NBA acknowledged that a call was missed by officials in the final minute of play.

Continuing the trend, the Lakers lost a late 10-point lead, falling in Memphis, 97-90, but getting a career high from rookie Jordan Clarkson, one of the team's bright spots in a brutal season.

To the Lakers, Clarkson has overshadowed the more experienced Jeremy Lin.

The Lakers fell, 100-93, at home to the Mavericks, again blowing a late lead. Kobe Bryant returned to the Lakers' bench for the game, at the request of Coach Byron Scott.

Given the team's need for a high pick in June's NBA draft, many fans are getting used to the idea of rooting for their team to lose.

Duke prospect Jahlil Okafor is still a work in progress. Point guard Emmanuel Mudiay returned to action in China.

The Lakers may also apply for a hardship exception, which would allow the team to go to 16 players.

Meanwhile, Nick Young defended his girlfriend's honor on Twitter.  Scott said Young is "not having a good year."

Former Lakers guard Brian Shaw was fired as coach of the Denver Nuggets.

Lakers assistant coach Thomas Scott said he tries to stay optimistic amid the losses.

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