Nobody would have blamed the Lakers on Sunday if they had walked off the American Airlines Center court at halftime, made a beeline for the team bus and bolted to the airport for a flight home.
They were well on their way to the most lopsided loss in franchise history, a 122-73 pasting at the hands of the lowly Dallas Mavericks in which they trailed by 34 points at the break and were playing some of their ugliest basketball of an often unsightly season.
Most of their shots clanged loudly off the rim. Several missed the rim entirely. Others were swatted out of bounds by the Mavericks.
Was there really any need to subject themselves and a crowd of 19,484 to another 24...