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.
Watching cavs vs Lakers is like watching fcs football....BAD— Philip Schmelzer (@philly1622) January 15, 2014
But hey, what are you going to do? I mean, the Lakers have a whole hospital full of injured players.
Poor Lakers... pic.twitter.com/u4LJMeNw6I— Funny Basketball (@BasketballPics) January 15, 2014
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.
Thinking about trying out for the #lakers.— Will.i.am Epperson (@fepperson22) January 14, 2014
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.
Lakers using the Anti-Tank weaponry tonight! What are they thinking?!?!?!?— Angry Lakers Fan (@AngryLakersFan) January 15, 2014
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.
#NBA Power Rankings 1. Pacers 2. Spurs ... 27. Arizona 28. Monstars 29. Lakers ... 91. Tropics 92. Magic ... 987. Juwanna Mann 988. Bucks— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) January 13, 2014
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.
LMAO I found Anderson Varejo and his squad back in his high school days! pic.twitter.com/NldB4uxOh1— Fire D'Antoni (@_Lakers_4_Life) January 15, 2014
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.
Cavaliers and Lakers tied for 7th spot in lottery w/ that Lakers loss. Embrace the tank.— 3030 (@jose3030) January 15, 2014
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.
On the bright side, Kevin Love is reportedly hoping to become a Laker. So, hooray! http://t.co/kCTD2330Yh— Lakers Nation (@LakersNation) January 15, 2014
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.
Mike Brown Mr Potato Head ----> pic.twitter.com/GhxmAWNv— DJ HOMICIDE (@djhomicide) November 3, 2012
Then, he decided he'd had enough of that after a whole five games and hired the wondrous Mike D'Antoni.
Starting at center for your 2014 Los Angeles Lakers . . pic.twitter.com/7SMxE6ngHQ— Masahiro Tanaka (@LakerOpinion) January 15, 2014
Sorry, but gosh that sure does look good.