One of the reasons that I subscribe to NBA League Pass is to be able to watch any game that I want to. And usually, if there’s a game that’s going down to the wire, I’ll just flip right over and check out the finish.
There were a few of those games last night. You had the Pacers and Sixers with a tight game in the final two minutes or so, with the Pacers stopping their road losing streak and getting a nice win. You had the Kings and Wizards putting up 130+, which ultimately ended with the Kings missing a three to tie with two seconds left (which was taken by DeMarcus Cousins…..).
And then we had the game between Cleveland Cavaliers and the Los Angeles Lakers.
It’s hard to say that these two teams played each other, since that would likely indicate that the game was somewhat competitive. As the final score of 112-57 showed, it wasn’t.
If you didn’t watch any of this game, then you’re probably better off for it. When I switched over from the Knicks-Blazers game (which was still undecided), the Lakers were up 61-25 at around the start of the third quarter. So you would think that it would be easy to just turn the channel, and get back to watching a much better game.
But it was one of those things that made you sort of have a double take, and say: wait, is that score right? I mean, we all know the Cavs are one of the worst teams in the league right now, but still, down 36 with about two entire quarters remaining?
We should have known that it would only get worse.
The Lakers didn’t do anything spectacular to continue to pile on the points, they just scored how they always score. On the other end, the Cavs could not find the basket at all, and there were seriously times in the third quarter where I wondered if they would even make it to 45 for the game. It was that bad.
It’s hard to even fathom what is going through the mind of someone like Antawn Jamison right now. Here’s his post-game quote:
“It can’t be any worse than this. If it is, someone will have to help me because I don’t know how much of this I can take. This by far is rock bottom. It’s definitely by far one of the most embarrassing moments that I’ve been a part of as far as basketball.”
And while it’s easy to feel for Jamison, you also have to feel for pretty much everyone else on that team. Manny Harris played a game-high 41 minutes, so you certainly have to feel for him since he was on the floor for most of the night. And how about Byron Scott? What exactly do you say to your team heading into the fourth quarter when you’re down 51?
But of course, not everyone felt bad. More specifically, LeBron James didn’t feel bad. A tweet from James himself:
“Crazy. Karma is a b****. Gets you every time. It’s not good to wish bad on anybody. God sees everything!”
Fan-tastic. Even though it’s more likely that this was intended more at Dan Gilbert than the players, it does nothing but make this situation even worse.
So let’s see. They recently lost Anderson Varejao for the season, just got embarrassed by 55 in Los Angeles to up their losing streak to 11 games, and had their former franchise player pile on even more on Twitter.
Yeah, it’s hard to see how things could get much worse for this team right now.