Lakers legend Magic Johnson ‘speechless’ after uninspiring loss to shorthanded Trail Blazers

Not even Hollywood’s greatest script writers may piece collectively the most recent downward trending saga in Lakerland. And now, the largest icon in franchise historical past is puzzled.

On Wednesday, the Lakers fell to 26-30 with a street loss to the Path Blazers, who’re within the means of gutting their roster forward of the commerce deadline. In response to arguably essentially the most confounding lack of the Lakers’ season up to now, franchise legend Magic Johnson took to Twitter to share his bewilderment.

“After the @Lakers loss to Portland tonight, I am speechless,” the five-time champion penned. “No phrases can describe how I am feeling.”

Johnson, who has grow to be identified for his Twitter presence over the previous few years, is usually one to name it like he sees it – even when he calls it the way in which everybody already noticed it. That he was rendered speechless by LA’s newest efficiency speaks volumes to the state of the franchise.

Anthony Davis and LeBron James had been lively, whereas Russell Westbrook, who many have tried to color as the foundation of the Lakers’ points, was not.

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Regardless of having two of the NBA’s 75 Best Gamers in motion, LA misplaced to a Portland crew that was led in scoring by an up-and-comer in Anfernee Simons whereas 2020 second-round choose CJ Elleby led the crew in minutes. Keljin Blevens, an undrafted ahead who entered Wednesday averaging 1.5 factors in 11 video games, outscored three Lakers starters.

Magic wasn’t the one disenchanted Laker legend, both. His longtime teammate James Worthy, who now supplies studio evaluation for Lakers video games on Spectrum SportsNet, sounded off postgame.

“Yeah, that is the bottom level of nearly any season that I’ve ever seen as a Laker over time,” Worthy stated.

“I haven’t got any phrases for it as a result of we have used all our phrases up – we noticed Milwaukee are available in and we thought ‘OK, that’ll be a measuring recreation towards a great crew and we noticed what occurred.”

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Worthy used the Lakers’ loss to the Bucks on Tuesday to set the desk for his disappointment within the loss to the Blazers on Wednesday, including that “towards Portland, a crew {of professional} gamers – nevertheless it was nearly like they had been taking part in towards native YMCA pickup group of fellows.”

Whereas Portland did have its justifiable share of expertise take the ground within the recreation, Wednesday was seen as a winnable contest for a Lakers crew that’s struggling to stay afloat within the Western Convention standings.

Now 3-7 over their final 10 video games, the ninth-place Lakers are trying increasingly more like a crew sure for the Play-In Event as they’re 5 full video games behind the sixth-place Nuggets.

The Lakers will look to be lively on the commerce deadline however as dire because the scenario is in Los Angeles, it could be too late to avoid wasting the season.

Issues get no simpler for the Lakers, who now journey to The Bay to tackle the Warriors in entrance of a nationwide viewers Saturday evening.


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