Well, the epic tanking battle Tuesday night between the Los Angeles Lakers and Cleveland Cavaliers was one for the history books. OK, not really, to be honest. It wasn’t the prettiest display of basketball; however, I'm not sure if it was as bad as @philly1622 thought it was.
But hey, what are you going to do? I mean, the Lakers have a whole hospital full of injured players.
It’s getting so bad, common fans are now considering going out for the team. @fepperson22 and I were thinking the same thing while watching the game.
The final score of the game showed the Cavs winning 120-118, but who was the real winner tonight? The Lakers may not have won the actual game, but one thing Laker fans can be happy about is they did end up victorious in the tanking battle.
However, at halftime, this wasn’t the case. The Lakers were up 63-57, lighting it up on the offensive end and putting together a decent overall game, leaving some Lakers fans very upset.
Well thankfully for @AngryLakersFan, the lake show managed to turn it around and tank the rest of the game away.
This latest loss makes it five straight for the Lakers and sadly becomes the 11th loss in their last 12 games.
They'll be expected to drop a bit in the latest NBA power rankings, but it's hard to tell just how much farther they can sink. Currently in @NotSportsCenter’s rankings, the Lakers sit right below college basketball’s Arizona Wildcats and the Space Jam Monstars.
On the other side, for the Cavs, they got a big game from the newly acquired Luol Deng, who was a perfect 5-of-5 from three, finishing with 27 total points.
However, most impressive for the Cavaliers was a breakout performance from center Anderson Varejao, who was just four assists away from a triple-double, finishing with 18 points, 18 boards and six assists.
Varejao was a monster out there, perhaps channeling his old high school form. @Lakers_4_Life was kind enough to share this great pic of Varejao back in high school; there's a young Anderson on the left.
On a more serious note, looking forward for the lake show, as much as it’s always great for basketball if they are winning, their mindset needs to be on the future and next year. With the playoffs being out of the question, there’s no reason not to hope for a top-10 pick in the upcoming draft.
By “embracing the tank” and playing the free-agency game right, the Lakers could be back in a big way next season.
With Kobe’s ridiculous contract, the Lakers can sign just one more max player next season, and it’d be pretty sweet to see that beast in Minnesota dawn the purple and gold.
Just imagine this possibility for next season: Kobe and Nash back and healthy, a probable top-10 draft pick and Kevin Love making up the nucleus of next year’s team—sounds like a pretty good starting plan to me.
You know, I’m sure Jim Buss will screw it up one way or another. I mean, his big decisions so far as head of the Lakers franchise have been first hiring Mr. Potato Head.
Then, he decided he'd had enough of that after a whole five games and hired the wondrous Mike D'Antoni.
There's not much loyal Laker fans can do besides keep hope and probably pray.
Sorry, but gosh that sure does look good.