The Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings played a basketball game on Thursday morning and it was bad. Not bad in the sense that the Lakers didn’t play well and they lost (although that’s true too); bad in the sense that it was a horrendous display of basketball and should never be replayed on television again.
After scoring 76 points in the first half, the Lakers scored just 16 points in the third quarter. If you’re wondering why there was such a huge fall-off, LeBron James didn’t play the entire second half. Danny Green didn’t play in the second half either, but he wasn’t offering the Lakers much on offense.
But even when James on the floor, the Lakers looked like they had other places to be. I mean, just look at how much effort LeBron James put into finishing at the rim.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the Lakers lost 136-122 to end the seeding round in the NBA bubble, and wrap up their season with a 52-19 record.
No one should be faulted for the way they played on Thursday though. The Lakers — who sat Anthony Davis, Kyle Kuzma, Alex Caruso and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope — had more to lose than they had to gain from doing anything more than jogging against the Kings. The same can be said of the Kings, who probably just want to get home as soon as possible.
Bogdan Bogdanovic made sure that his last game in Orlando was a good one, though, as he’s set to hit restricted free agency in the offseason. Secure that bag, Bogi.
The Lakers will end their seeding games with a record of 3-5. Now, they’ll have to wait and see how the rest of the day’s games play out, which will tell them which two teams will go head-to-head for an opportunity to get swept in the first round. It promises to be a lot of fun.