Just when you think it couldn’t possibly get worse for the Los Angeles Lakers, the bottom falls even further for one of the greatest franchises in NBA history. Just 24 hours after getting beaten up to the tune of a 29-point defeat in Oklahoma City, the Lakers touched down in San Antonio against the defending Western Conference champion Spurs, and the result was even more lopsided in a 119-85 defeat.
At this moment, the Lakers probably have the worst active roster in the West, and that lived up to the billing. LA shot just 34% from the floor as a team (including a paltry 4 for 21 from 3-point range), and with the exception of Pau Gasol, no one could get anything going. Gasol finished with 18 points, 11 rebounds, and 4 blocks for the Lakers, but if you took his contribution away, things would’ve been quite ugly.
On the other side, it was a highly typical Spurs demolition. No player on the San Antonio roster played more than 26 minutes, and no starter surpassed 22 minutes of game action, further representing both their depth and look toward the future. A staggering twelve players on the Spurs roster scored 5 points or more in the game, and San Antonio was able to create endless additional opportunities on the back of a 64-37 rebounding advantage.
Frankly, there is a limitless pool of stats and nuggets to pull from in this type of blowout, but the moral of story is that the Lakers continue to “amaze” the competition by setting new floors.