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The Los Angeles Lakers are 10th within the Western Convention with a 31-43 file following Sunday's 116-108 loss to the Fresh Orleans Pelicans, and head coach Frank Vogel knows his group doesn't like distinguished time to turn things round.
"It be no longer fair appropriate. It hurts," Vogel told reporters after Sunday's loss. "... Time's working out on us. We got right here out with the suitable urgency for this game, but weren't in a position to shut it."
If the playoffs started this day, the Lakers shall be within the play-in tournament. On the opposite hand, there are aloof two weeks glorious within the ordinary season, and the San Antonio Spurs could maybe scenario the Lakers for the final play-in characteristic.
The 2021-22 advertising and marketing campaign has been unbelievably disappointing for the Lakers, who entered with excessive expectations after being eradicated by the Phoenix Suns within the most significant round of closing season's playoffs.
L.A. shook up with regards to its total roster after that first-round exit. It added Russell Westbrook in a alternate with the Washington Wizards, which is panning out to be thought to be one of many worst strikes in recent memory.
Westbrook is within the course of his worst season since the 2009-10 advertising and marketing campaign, which modified into his 2d 365 days within the NBA. Entering Sunday's game, he modified into averaging 18.2 components, 7.5 rebounds and 7.2 assists per game while taking pictures 43.8 percent from the bottom and 29.4 percent from deep.
The 33-365 days-dilapidated has struggled to originate chemistry with his teammates, and his performance led the Lakers to explore shopping and selling him earlier than the Feb. 10 deadline. However while Westbrook has been subpar, L.A.'s diverse offseason additions equivalent to Kent Bazemore and Trevor Ariza also have not panned out.
On the opposite hand, the franchise knew it modified into going to face its challenges in relation to depth after the acquisition of Westbrook's $44.2 million salary. Lakers proprietor Jeanie Buss stated in August that filling out the the rest of the group's roster had been a "scenario."
To boot to to roster struggles, every of the Lakers' superstars—LeBron James and Anthony Davis—like overlooked masses of video games with accidents. Davis has been sidelined since Feb. 16 with a foot fracture, while James could maybe hasten away out beyond regular time after suffering an ankle fracture on Sunday, though that stays unclear.
With L.A.'s title hopes all but long previous, the group could maybe soon open up preparing and retooling the roster for the 2022-23 advertising and marketing campaign, which shall be James' closing sporting the Crimson and Gold.