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If there wasn’t a sense of panic in the front office for the Los Angeles Lakers before, there probably is now after Friday’s 130-112 loss to the Brooklyn Nets.
The Nets entered this matchup having lost four straight and nine of their last 10 games. They were held under 105 points in each of the previous three games and had only reached the 130-point mark twice all season.
Los Angeles’ defense completely collapsed in the second half, allowing the Nets to score 68 points on 52.1 percent shooting. LeBron James was uncharacteristically sloppy with all four of his turnovers coming in the final two quarters.
Friday’s loss dropped the Lakers back under .500 at 21-22. They haven’t been able to get over the break-even mark since Dec. 30 (17-16).
Head coach Darvin Ham certainly made it sound like the pressure is mounting for the team.
With just under three weeks remaining until the Feb. 8 trade deadline, Lakers fans are ready to see general manager Rob Pelinka take action to salvage something from this season.
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Prior to Friday’s game, The Athletic’s Jovan Buha reported the Lakers planned to “remain patient” and use the next couple of weeks as an evaluation period before making a trade.
As Mike Tyson once said, though, everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth. The Lakers are at a point where they are getting punched in the mouth on a near-nightly basis.
The Nets have looked like one of the worst teams in the NBA for a few weeks at this point, yet they had no problem cooking Los Angeles. Anthony Davis did his usual thing with 26 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, three steals and two blocks, but it didn’t make any difference.
Cam Thomas lit up the Lakers with 33 points on 13-of-18 shooting in 32 minutes off the bench.
The Lakers will look to end this four-game homestand on a positive note when they host the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday at 10 p.m. ET.