The surreal state of the Lakers — they lose even when they win. They beat the Orlando Magic, 103-94, Sunday at Staples Center and ended a four-game losing streak with a career-high 28 points from Jordan Hill. But Pau Gasol couldn't finish the game, staying in the locker room at halftime after feeling dizzy and nauseated. He received three liters of IV solution, a sizable amount, and was to spend the night at a hospital for precautionary reasons. Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni theorized it was an illness or influenza though admitted he did not know what caused Gasol's discomfort. A concussion was ruled out. The Lakers also kissed away some ping-pong ball percentages Sunday. They were chasing, if you will, Orlando for the NBA's third-worst record, a task that became practically impossible. The Lakers aren't trying to lose on purpose. Too many players are in the last years of their contract to let that happen. And the NBA would frown upon such behavior if true. But the team with the third-worst record has a 15.6% chance at winning the No. 1 pick at the May 20 lottery. The fourth-worst team has an 11.9% chance and fifth-worst gets an 8.8% chance. The Lakers (23-46) fell further behind Orlando (19-52) and "vaulted" Boston and Utah (both 23-47). They now own the NBA's sixth-worst record, good for only a 6.3% chance at the top pick. A devastating victory Sunday? "We need games like this because you could feel people getting frustrated," D'Antoni said. "The enthusiasm was draining out a little bit. You've got to get some sugar back for something. They played hard, they got rewarded." Their fans were ecstatic, able to chant "We want tacos!" for one of the few times in recent months. The Lakers, though, are still approaching their worst record since moving to Los Angeles in 1960. It's something that would upset Gasol and Nick Young. They recently decided in an optimistic conversation that they didn't want to be part of such a team. To which D'Antoni replied Sunday when asked by reporters, "Probably should have had it sooner."
Lakers beat Magic, 103-94, but it's a rough night for Pau Gasol
Los Angeles Times | Mar 24