Lakers Week 17 in review: Lakers are competing but still losing consistently

Bulls forward Pau Gasol hugs Lakers forward Kobe Bryant after a Feb. 21 game in Chicago.

Bulls forward Pau Gasol hugs Lakers forward Kobe Bryant after a Feb. 21 game in Chicago.

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On the heels of last week’s All-Star break, the Lakers played just two games through Week 17, both losses.

At 11-46, the Lakers have lost five games in a row, with 25 left to play.

The week began with a 119-113 loss to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night at Staples Center. The Spurs played without all-star Kawhi Leonard but had enough firepower to get past the Lakers.

Kobe Bryant, playing his final career game against Tim Duncan and the Spurs, suffered a dislocated finger in the closing minutes but was able to play through the injury.


On Sunday, the Lakers had no problem scoring against the Bulls in Chicago, but the defense was a significant issue in the Lakers’ 126-115 defeat.

Bryant said his goodbyes to Chicago and former teammate Pau Gasol.

The NBA trade deadline passed Thursday with no moves from the Lakers.

Near the end of Bryant’s career, the Lakers have never truly come together this season on the floor. Bryant isn’t able to practice regularly with the team.

Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak chose not to discuss the future of Coach Byron Scott.

Should the Lakers provide clarity regarding Scott’s future?


Scott defended his coaching style.

Second-year guard Jordan Clarkson is looking out for rookie teammate D’Angelo Russell.

Minnesota Timberwolves guard Kevin Martin took time to remember his first encounter with Bryant.

Finally, D-Fenders guard Andre Ingram impressed with a win in the D-League three-point contest.

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