Lakers Reach Low Point Of Season With Loss To Cleveland

The Lakers have lost three straight games.

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Phil Jackson On Lakers: "They Took The [All-Star] Break Before The Game"

The Los Angeles Lakers lost tonight to the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team they beat by 55 points back in January. The third straight loss for the Lakers became just the 10th win of the season for the Cavaliers. All you need to know about this game can be summed up in the reaction from two Hall of Famers.

When asked on the KCAL postgame show if the Lakers, who have struggled, need the four-day NBA All-Star break, head coach Phil Jackson said, "I think they took the break before the game."

Former Laker James Worthy, in studio as an analyst, was even more blunt: "They quit. They quit on this road trip somewhere after Orlando. They just flat out quit, and you can see the frustration amongst them."

The Lakers next game is next Tuesday against the Atlanta Hawks at Staples Center.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Stunner In Cleveland: Lakers Lose To Cavaliers, 104-99

Maybe the NBA All-Star break should have been last weekend. The Los Angeles Lakers reached a low point in their season tonight, losing to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers, 104-99 at Quicken Loans Arena. It was the third straight loss for the Lakers, who limp into the All-Star break a far cry from the confident team they seemed to be when they won the first four games of their Grammy road trip.

Pau Gasol had one of his best games of the season, with 30 points and 20 rebounds, but it wasn't enough for the Lakers. Gasol made all 14 free throw attempts. Derek Fisher scored a season high 19 points in defeat. Ramon Sessions led the Cavs with 32 points and eight assists off the bench.

The win was just the 10th of the season for the Cavs, who had lost 37 of their last 39 games. Before tonight, Cleveland hadn't won a game in regulation since November 27! This is the second win for the Cavs in less than a week, as they beat the Clippers last Friday night, snapping their NBA record 26-game losing streak. The Lakers crushed the Cavs by 55 points last month in Los Angeles.

The Lakers committed 19 turnovers in defeat. This is the third losing streak of three games or longer for the Lakers this season. They lost three games in a row just once in the last two seasons combined.

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers Vs. Cavaliers: Probable Starting Lineups

The Los Angeles Lakers are looking to end their seven-game road trip with a win tonight at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, as they battle the Cavaliers. The Lakers are 4-2 in the first six games of their Grammy road trip, but have suffered losses in the last two outings, including a 20-point drubbing in Charlotte on Monday. The Lakers are 19-10 away from home this season, and are looking to join San Antonio and Miami as the only NBA teams with 20 road wins this season.

The Cavs, to put it lightly, are awful. They beat the Clippers on Friday night, snapping their NBA-record 26-game losing streak, but they have still lost 37 of their last 39 games. Those two wins have come in overtime; their last win in regulation came on November 27. The Lakers drubbed the Cavs 112-57 on January 11 at Staples Center, coming within one basket of becoming the second-ever NBA team to double up another.

Here are tonight's probable starting lineups:

Lakers (38-18)

Cavaliers (9-46)

Williams, after missing three weeks with a left hip flexor strain, has played in the last two games, averaging 13.5 points and 11.0 assists, though he has shot just 37.0% from the field (10 for 27).

For more information on tonight's game, be sure to read Silver Screen and Roll.


Lakers End Road Trip With Trip To Cleveland, Looking To Snap Two-Game Skid

After a pair of lackluster losses, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers look to head into the All-Star break on a high note with a road battle against the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena. All signs point to a Laker win tonight, as they are facing a team they beat by 55 points last month, a team that has lost 37 of their last 39 games and hasn't won in regulation since November 27, and the Lakers are pissed off. Head coach Phil Jackson held the shortest postgame press conference in history after Monday's loss in Charlotte, using under 10 seconds to tell reporters, "I'm very disappointed in our performance tonight. I'm embarrassed about what we did. That's it."

Jackson had right to be mad, as the Lakers followed up their fewest points of the season on Sunday in Orlando with a 20-point loss to Charlotte, the worst loss of the season (by point margin if not in spirit) for the Lakers. It was the eighth loss to Charlotte in their last 10 meetings. The Lakers look to put all that behind them tonight against a team with the worst record in the NBA. Tonight is the final game of the Lakers' seven-game Grammy road trip, on which the Lakers have gone 4-2.

C.A. Clark of Silver Screen and Roll thinks Jackson already put the Monday result behind him, and in fact did so after the game.

No, I think Phil saw his team get blown out again, get out-worked again, look tired and old and lethargic again, and wanted no part of the same old song and dance with the media as a result.  He knew he'd get the same kind of questions that Andrew Bynum did, knew that everyone would be looking for different answers to the same questions that he answered a couple months back, and decided he wanted no part.  So he threw the media a bone with some angry comments, allowed them to spin stories of team discord and paint big picture problems, and PJ lived to fight another day.  In the war that is the regular season, this was coach Phil's hasty retreat, not his defiant stand.

Tonight's 4:30 p.m. PST game will be televised on KCAL.

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