This may be the ultimate insult for the Los Angeles Lakers. They were hammered by the Los Angeles Clippers, 142-94, on Thursday night—the 48-point deficit the worst loss in franchise history, per ESPN Stats and Info:
Los Angeles Times reporter Mike Bresnahan summed it up from Mike D'Antoni's point of view:
Here are some of the other records the Clippers broke:
Kendall Marshall hit a three-pointer with 15 seconds remaining to spare the Lakers the embarrassment of losing by 50 points. SB Nation joked that it was the biggest shot of Marshall's career up to this point:
Eight Clippers reached double figures. Even Hedo Turkoglu played 22 minutes and scored nine points, just to put this game in perspective.
Beto Duran of ESPN Radio was giving plenty of credit to the Clippers after the game:
At least the lopsided result meant fans could head home early and beat the traffic, per ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne:
Of course, if the Lakers are looking for a shoulder to cry on among NBA fans, they won't find one. As ESPN's Marc Stein said on Twitter, nobody's feeling sorry for a franchise that has won 16 championships and is increasing its chances of landing a top-five pick with each additional loss:
Speaking of the New York Knicks, it's quite a coincidence how two of the most historic organizations in the NBA are going through historically bad seasons. Wendy Thurm asked an interesting question about whether teams in such large media markets were undergoing such turmoil at the same time:
Everybody knows the Lakers are terrible. Injuries and cap issues have meant that they're relying on the type of players who wouldn't have sniffed the bench for the teams that were winning titles in the early 2000s.
Grantland's netw3rk had a little fun envisioning Kobe Bryant trying to watch a Lakers game and figuring out who everybody is:
The good news is, the Lakers have an easy run of games coming up, per NBA on ESPN. Oh, wait:
This game makes that whole banner thing back in October look a lot more comedic in retrospect. If Nick Young was offended by that, what kind of emotions was he feeling after Friday's loss?