Garnett had a chance for last-second heroics, but an awkward 21-footer that was out of his range never had a chance. All night, "The Big Ticket" looked inferior and hobbled compared to the Lakers bigs on the other end.
In this lockout-shortened season, some NBA players have not played up to expectations. Others have had their best days behind them.
So many of the NBA’s greats have thought they had enough for another productive season only to be a shell of their former selves late in their careers. Between injuries, old age and lack of talent, the breaks of the game wither these players out of "The Association" and into overseas or retirement.
Every season, the best basketball players in the world lose a step. Here are the NBA players whose futures look dim.