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LA Lakers eliminated from playoffs following loss against Phoenix Suns 110-121

Following yesterday’s game, obviously, this is not something that the Los Angeles Lakers fans are waiting for but has probably seen or predicted. the Lakers lost another game against the Phoenix Suns 110-121.

The Lakers are officially in the 11th seed of the Western Conference which made the team also officially out of playoffs contenders. With only three games left. the team faces an uncertain future as much as they are facing disappointment.

Lakers reactions

Frank Vogel, who is expected to say goodbye to the team when the season ends, apparently spoke post-game about his disappointment. Though he was not sure of the main cause of the team’s performance, many believed that the Lakers losing games are thanks to the lack of chemistry between the teammates.

“Extremely disappointed,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. “Disappointed for our fan base. Disappointed for the Buss family, who gave us all this opportunity and we want to play our part in bringing success to Laker basketball and we fell short.”

During the games against the Suns, LeBron James, who was consistent in performance, was absent due to an ankle injury. Thankfully, the Lakers still have Carmelo Anthony. The small forward played for 24 minutes, making six rebounds, 2 assists, and hitting 10 points.

“We just didn’t get it done,” said Anthony post-game. “We had the tools. Some things were out of our control — some things we could control, some things we couldn’t. And it’s nothing else more than we didn’t get it done. You can’t make no excuses about it. We just didn’t get it done.”

Meanwhile, Russell Westbrook is doing way better scoring a team-high 28 points. The point guard played for a total of 34 minutes and made 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Post-game, the nine-time NBA All-Star was asked if he would like to redo next season and finish the final year of his contract with the Lakers, he responded.

“I mean, that’s the plan. But nothing is promised,” Westbrook said. “Yes, we want to be able to see what that looks like, what that entails over the course of an 82-game season. But we’re not sure if that’s guaranteed, either. So I just hope that we have a chance to be able to do something.”

On top of that, Anthony Davis who recently got back from recovery after an ankle injury was not greeted with the most exciting news. Being officially in the 11th seed and with only three games left, the Lakers are out of the contenders’ list, even if they win the last three.

Anthony Davis

“This year, we had more starting lineups than wins,” Davis said. “Our goal was to win a championship.”

The eight-time NBA All-Star finished yesterday’s game with 21 points. The 29-year-old played for 36 minutes as he successfully made 13 rebounds and 1 assist.

“Feel like we had the pieces, but injuries got in the way of that. And that was the difference in the season. I think even though we lost games where all of us was on the floor me, Bron, Russ I think we’re three great players, but we would have figured it out if we logged more minutes together.”

To the unfortunate events, injuries got in the way of the Lakers’ iteration to win another championship.

“But we weren’t able to do that, which makes it tough to be able to compete for a championship when your three best players haven’t logged enough minutes together,” Davis added.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. (wikipedia)

Phoenix Suns

The Phoenix Suns are an American professional basketball team based in Phoenix, Arizona. They compete in the National Basketball Association , (wikipedia)