‘Lazy’ Lakers Lose 4th Straight

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers prevented the Los Angeles Lakers from locking up the second seed in the Western Conference with a 93-86 victory on Friday night.

Gerald Wallace had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Blazers, who led by as many as 24 points.

Kobe Bryant had 24 points in the Lakers’ fourth straight loss.

Ron Artest hit a pair of 3-pointers that pulled the Lakers to 82-73 late. Aldridge made a jumper but Bryant had a pair of layups that narrowed it to 84-77.

Portland answered with Nicolas Batum’s 3-pointer and Gerald Wallace’s layup that extended the Blazers’ lead to 89-77 and all but sealed the win with 1:14 left.

A victory by the Lakers combined with a loss by the Mavericks on Friday would have secured Los Angeles the West’s No. 2 seed.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Ron

    There will be no 3-peat, if the Lakers don’t start playing better. Sure some will say they can just turn it on when the playoffs start, but they have lost 4 straight games and they might find that it is not as easy to flip the switch this time. I hope they’re not spending too much time thinking of who will replace Phil, as the latest news is saying. Come on Fisher, it is time for you to rally the team with one of your team-only meetings !!

  • Saber 1

    I hope they loose the NBA West. The rapist wants the assistant coach to replace Jackson. It’s not his fault they blow, look in the mirror if you want to point fingers at fault and replacement.
    There won’t be any riots or looting, so PLEASE LAKERS, LOOSE THE WEST. Then Jerry Bus can sell the team to an owner on the East coast.

  • Gerard

    I am disappointed, discouraged, put off, and upset that the Lakers do not appear to be putting their hearts and souls into these last games of the season. Do they not feel they have a responsibility to their fans who pay hard earned money to support them and root them on? I hope that someone in management would remind them of this. I can only imagine how many like me are disenchanted. Can somebody please pass this word on appropriately?

    • Ron

      Don’t buy tickets for the remaining regular season games. If the stands become empty, they’ll get the message !!!

      • Gerard

        Sounds like a good plan to me, Ron. I am far more interested in the Clippers now. They have a whole lot more heart, even though they have no chance to make the playoffs. Have to respect that.

        Can you imagine the impact if someone like Jack Nicholson did not show up for a game. Would they get the message even then?

        I hold Kiobe personally responsible as the focus of the problem. It’s his team… He is the man in charge on the floor, and he is the one hurting the team’s mentality the most.

  • Ron

    Gerard, you are right. It is Kobe’s fault. He gets mad at others, if they make a mistake, but he dribbles the ball too much, won’t hit the open man and loses the ball too often.

    The Clippers are playing with more heart.

    Jack pays a fortune for his seats, so I don’t think he or very many other season ticket holders will boycott the remaining games.

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