The loss hit hard, and it appears Mike D’Antoni is the first guy to throw in the towel on the Lakers’ championship ambition. The Lakers have always maintained the position that once they get to the playoffs, they will be fine. They just need to get there.
Now the Lakers have that 8th playoff spot and nothing has changed.
On Thursday, Jerry West told Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times, “I definitely wouldn’t want to play [the Lakers], I know that,” West said about the Lakers. “I think they’d have a chance against anyone.”
The Wizards are the second team that the Lakers should have been able to beat. The first was the Phoenix Suns. The Suns are 23-47, almost any team can beat them but the Lakers have failed to do so twice. This is the second embarrassing lost in a row. The Lakers desperately need to beat the teams they’re suppose to beat.
At the start of the third quarter, the Lakers were up by 18 points, and all they had to do was maintain the lead. However, once the Lakers got comfortable, John Wall took control of the game and the Lakers couldn’t find a way to shut him down. The defense just isn’t there.
After the game, D’Antoni told Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles, “I told them today, we put our hands in [the huddle], and you guys have probably seen it, we say, ‘Championship,’ and go out [on the floor]. That’s laughable. Championship? You got to be kidding me.”