Ta-Ta Land: Lakers An Easy Fade Versus Nets

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One of the first major moves by the Los Angeles Lakers under president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka was trading D'Angelo Russell and the bad contract of Timofey Mozgov to the Brooklyn Nets for one year of Brook Lopez and a first-round draft pick that eventually became Kyle Kuzma.

The Lakers lost their fifth straight, dropped to 2-12 in their last 14 games and will miss the playoffs for the sixth straight season.

Coach Luke Walton said even though Los Angeles will miss the playoffs for a sixth consecutive season, the Lakers have an obligation to give their best effort down the stretch of what amounts to meaningless games.

"One thing you can't control is injuries".

"You don't even try to wrap your head around it". Playoffs are never promised.

After Dinwiddie split two free throws with 17.1 seconds left, James missed an off-balance 3-point try with 14.5 seconds remaining and Kyle Kuzma missed a 3-point attempt nine seconds later to essentially seal the win for Brooklyn. You got to come out and do the work.

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Notes McGee had a dozen offensive rebounds, the most by a Laker since Lamar Odom in January 2008.

From 1948 to 2013 the Los Angeles Lakers only missed the NBA Playoffs five times. In the end, however, they weren't able to overcome the Nets, led by former Laker D'Angelo Russell with 21 points and 13 assists, and Joe Harris, who put up 26 points on 6-of-8 three-pointers.

The 11-year veteran was feeling it from the start, scoring all of the Lakers' first 10 points.

James played in Friday's contest at Staples Center Arena despite missing games recently to get rest for his lingering groin injury.

Russell was well-liked by Lakers fans - but not by Magic Johnson, who dumped Russell in a trade to get rid of Timofey Mozgov's onerous contract just a few months after the Hall of Famer took over the Lakers' basketball operations.

The 23-year-old has had a solid season for the Lakers, averaging 18.5 points per game, and put up 18 against the Nets on Friday. Add in the embarrassment over the Anthony Davis situation at the trade deadline and you have one of the most frustrating seasons Lakers fans have been forced to endure.

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