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The Lakers' decline continued Tuesday night with a loss to the woeful Cleveland Cavaliers. As Bresnahan wrote,
"They tumbled to 12th in the Western Conference — 12th? 12th! — after losing to a team that was 4-17. They've lost three straight and five of six and are 9-13, two games behind Denver for the suddenly coveted eighth spot in the West, though they'd have to fight through Minnesota, Houston and Portland to get there.
"But, hey, who's counting?
"There are really only two things the Lakers can do at this point because nothing else is working.
"The stats were all too familiar from their other losses, almost too mundane to go over again: 19 turnovers, 41.3% shooting, 62.5% free-throw accuracy.