The Los Angeles Lakers sunk to a season-worst six straight losses in a 96-80 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans, but that's not the worst of the night. Kobe Bryant tweaked his shoulder, had to resort to using his left hand after going back into the game, and will undergo an MRI on what's been labeled a "sore right shoulder" for now. When it rains it pours, but what about when it pours and pours and pours?
Pour is what the Pelicans did to the Lakers' defense. Davis put in 29 points, eight rebounds, four blocks and three steals in his first game back since missing three in a row. Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans combined for 36 points. On the theme of 36, that's how many points the Lakers scored in the second half as a team. Los Angeles put in just 12 points in the final 12 minutes, limping to the finish line almost literally.
Wesley Johnson went 2-of-11, Nick Young was slightly less terrible going 3-of-11, and Jeremy Lin matched his assists to his turnovers (three of each). It was a typical game for the Lakers, who've now spiraled into full on madness and despair over the last two weeks. Their last win was Jan. 9, and their next winnable game might not be until they visit the New York Knicks on Feb 1.
April showers in early January for the purple and gold. Next up is a trip to San Antonio to face the once-again-lethal Spurs and the returned Kawhi Leonard.