Mitch Kupchak looks like he lost his last friend during Lakers’ historic loss (videos)
The Los Angeles Clippers crushed the Los Angeles Lakers by the lopsided score of 142-94, a record-breaking loss for the Lakers that indicates that the team that has owned Los Angeles may be relinquishing its stranglehold on the attention of the town’s basketball fans for the near future … and perhaps longer.
The Clippers dispatched, demoralized and destroyed their co-tenants of Staples Center with remarkable ease. The win set a Clippers record for the largest margin of victory in franchise history with 48 points.
Meanwhile, the crushing loss was the worst defeat in the Lakers’ storied history. The previous record was set on Jan. 9, 1995, when the team lost by 46 points in a 129-83 showing in Portland against the Trail Blazers. The worst home loss in Lakers history was a 39-point defeat, 129-90, at the hands of the Boston Celtics, all the way back on Feb. 9, 1960.
Not pretty, but the loss, while by an epic disparity in points scored, continues the downward spiral trend the Lakers have endured this season. At 21-41, the team is in danger of posting its worst regular season record since the franchise moved from Minneapolis in 1959.
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak’s pained, beleaguered reaction to the action perhaps best encompassed and subsequently articulated the abject misery and malaise the Lakers organization has been under this season. Below is Kupchak’s response to the brutal loss was punctuated by the above thunderous Blake Griffin alley-oop dunk (via SB Nation):
And this one (via @cjzero):
Yeah, without a word, and scarcely a perceptible response, Kupchak’s reaction to the carnage that occurred pretty much says it all.