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:
Blowout City. The Clippers beat the Lakers by 48 points, the largest win in Clippers history and the largest loss in Lakers history.— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) March 7, 2014
Los Angeles Times reporter Mike Bresnahan summed it up from Mike D'Antoni's point of view:
D'Antoni: "They smelled blood in the water and they killed us."— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) March 7, 2014
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:
Kendall Marshall just hit the biggest shot of his career to prevent the Lakers from losing by 50.— SB Nation (@sbnation) March 7, 2014
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:
Lakers fans blame D'Antoni all you want but how about some credit for a very talented Clippers team? (& save it with CP3 trade blah blah)— Beto Duran (@DuranSports) March 7, 2014
At least the lopsided result meant fans could head home early and beat the traffic, per ESPNLosAngeles.com's Ramona Shelburne:
Laker crowd basically started filing to the exits at halftime when Clips led 72-40. Hey, it's Thursday. Scandal is on!— Ramona Shelburne (@ramonashelburne) March 7, 2014
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:
No one around league crying for Lakers cause they're cratering all the way into a top-five pick that gives 'em options Knicks would kill for— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) March 7, 2014
Reminder: Both times Lakers missed playoffs since '76, won next title in 6 seasons or less. I'll take over this time but history on LAL side— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) March 7, 2014
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:
Serious Q: has there been another time in NBA history where the teams in the 2 biggest media markets were so dysfunctional?— Wendy Thurm (@hangingsliders) March 7, 2014
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:
Can Kobe name 5 current Lakers? Nash, yes. Kaman, probably yes. Pau, no. Nick Young, maybe, Meeks, ehhh. Brooks, no. Kelly, no. Marshall, no— netw3rk (@netw3rk) March 7, 2014
I would love to see Kobe doing a Lakers "Who He Play For?" *picture of Ryan Kelly* "Yeah...I got nothing. Kyle Korver? Bulls?"— netw3rk (@netw3rk) March 7, 2014
The good news is, the Lakers have an easy run of games coming up, per NBA on ESPN. Oh, wait:
The Lakers play again Friday night in Denver, then have four consecutive games against the Thunder and Spurs.— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) March 7, 2014
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?