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Live discussion: Lakers, Clippers stumbling toward playoffs

March 27, 2013|By Houston Mitchell

Join Times Lakers writer Mike Bresnahan and Clippers writer Brad Turner at 11:30 a.m. today for a video chat about the Lakers and Clippers.

The Lakers have lost three in a row and are in danger (again) of missing the playoffs. But even with those three straight losses, they still have a better record in their last 10 games (6-4) than the Clippers (5-5). What's going on with both teams?

As Bresnahan wrote after the Lakers lost to the Golden State Warriors earlier this week,

"Coach Mike D'Antoni didn't go ballistic after this game, but the Lakers certainly imploded during a 109-103 loss Monday night at Oracle Arena.

"As teams try to build momentum and magnetism heading into the playoffs, the Lakers showed neither while losing a third consecutive game.

"Not that they seemed especially worried about that.

"I'm terrified," Kobe Bryant said, sarcastically, of the suddenly sagging Lakers. "Do I look terrified? Not at all."

"The scoreboard was much friendlier than the actual discrepancy between the teams, the Lakers fully unable to stop the Warriors and again experiencing too many crises on offense with the exception of a late-game rally.

"Our offense was anemic," D'Antoni said.

"Oh, and Utah won easily over Philadelphia to cut the Lakers' lead to one game for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

"Also, the Lakers (36-35) fell 3 ½ games behind Houston for seventh place and 4½ behind Golden State for sixth. Good luck with either of those."

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