So much for believing the Lakers could somehow scrap their way to the No. 6 playoff seed in teh Western Conference. With their 109-103 loss Monday to the Golden State Warriors at Oracle Arena, the Lakers remain fortunate just to retain a postseason spot. The Lakers (36-35) dropped their third consecutive game and have only a one-game lead over the Utah Jazz (35-36) for the eighth seed. "We still have time to make the playoffs and still have time to make an impact," Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni said. "But time is running out." D'Antoni sounded mostly subdued afterward, a stark contrast to his rant after the Lakers' loss to Washington last week when he publicly questioned the team's playoff fortunes. Kobe Bryant, speaking for the first time since D'Antoni's outburst, took a different approach. "I don't think it's time to get emotional," he said. "We have to maintain our poise." There's plenty to critique. The Warriors took turns scoring, including Stephen Curry (25 points), David Lee (23), Klay Thompson (22) and Jarrett Jack (19). Bryant scored 36 points, albeit on 11-of-26 shooting. Pau Gasol posted only seven points on 3-of-8 shooting in his second game since nursing a foot injury that sidelined him for 20 games. "I need to get my conditioning better, my rhythm better and legs into it a little bit more," Gasol said. "The foot still has a little soreness, but it's not increasing."
L.A. has tenuous hold on West playoff spot after loss
L.A. Daily News | Mar 26