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Los Angeles Lakers suffer earliest playoff elimination in 54 years


Even though the Los Angeles Lakers won a game between two struggling teams, beating the similarly woeful Detroit Pistons by a score of 93-85, not all was good after the win, something that has become an all-too-common theme during a season that has had far more bad news than good.

Despite the victory, the Lakers were officially eliminated from the playoffs — courtesy of a Pelicans’ win over the Nets — which marks the earliest stage of a season that the storied franchise has been ruled out of postseason play in 54 years. It will be only the seventh time the Lakers have missed out in the playoffs in franchise history and the second straight season the team will be sitting on the sidelines during the postseason.

Lakers head coach Byron Scott attempted to use some gallows humor to make light of the disappointing realization that this year’s team ranks among the worst squads to ever don the team’s jersey.

“Damn. I was waiting for us to go on a 21-game winning streak,” Scott quipped, via the Los Angeles Daily News.

That would certainly help turn around the seemingly inevitable outcome of this nightmare season. The Daily News’ Mark Medina writes in his report that the team “currently have a .258 winning percentage, the worst in franchise history,” meaning that a lengthy winning streak — an unlikelihood — probably is the only thing standing between the Lakers (17-46) and the worst regular season record in franchise history.

Perhaps Scott is aware of the impending doom, as he later turned away from one-liners and became philosophical, saying he doesn’t think about those kind of things, instead choosing to focus on the last 19 games of the season.

Optimists could make the argument that the worst may be in the rear view mirror starting next season. With the return of a (hopefully) healthy Kobe Bryant and a high draft pick in the Lottery, perhaps a organizational renaissance could be in the offing. And hey, the team plans to honor Bryant’s 20th NBA season in 2015-16. That should be fun.

Even better? The win over the Pistons snapped a five-game losing streak and the fact the team won and held its opponent under 100 points meant fans in attendance at Staples Center were given coupon for two free tacos at Jack in the Box.

Everybody likes tacos.

[H/T Pro Basketball Talk]