Los Angeles Lakers: 3 Lessons in season finale loss to Sacramento Kings

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The Los Angeles Lakers dropped the final game of the season to the Sacramento Kings.

The Los Angeles Lakers finally finished the regular season against the Sacramento Kings. Lake Show Life finishes its second regular season of Lake Show Life Lessons! Hopefully, the Lakers, its fans and the staff are excited to roll out the playoff version on Monday!

The Los Angeles Lakers finished out the season on Thursday and nobody got injured on the roster. Okay, that was the mission. No one cared if the Lakers won the game or not. The funny thing was the Lakers really didn’t hide the fact from anybody because it looked like they were filling out an NBA obligation to show the league and fans that they showed up to play.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Sacramento Kings got together to do a remix of Lance Stephenson’s aerobics segment last year (Oops, we mean to play a basketball game!) to finish out the regular season.

If you looked up “Just don’t get hurt and let’s get out of here!” in a sports dictionary, this game illustrated all you needed to know.

  • The Los Angeles Lakers will be watching TNT basketball for the rest of the day to see who they will possibly play on Monday in the first round of the playoffs.
  • The Sacramento Kings will be flying home after missing the playoffs again. 1-2-3 Cancun!!!!

Outside of the possibility that Luke Walton would find a way to coach the Kings to a loss, unsurprisingly to many the Lakers lost 136-122 to end the seeding round in the NBA bubble. The Lake Show will wrap up their season with a 52-19 record.

The Lake Show Life Lessons comment section has been lively for the last four games discussing these major points for next week.

  • Is LeBron James injured groin going to be a problem going forward?
  • Will Anthony Davis dominate in every game or disappear for long periods of time?
  • Will Danny Green hit more than one 3 pointer a week?
  • Can the defense improve especially on the perimeter? 

Well, Danny Green played 14 minutes and missed all of his 3 point shots. But to his credit, two of them were from the in and out variety. He finished with 2 points.

Look, Lakers Nation, it really doesn’t matter that the Lakers didn’t play well and they lost. It will matter eventually that the defense has to improve. The Sacramento Kings actually scored 11 straight baskets (8 straight from distance!) in one horrendous stretch of defensive basketball in the third quarter.

After scoring 40 points in the first quarter, the Lakers fell off the cliff scoring just 16 points in the second quarter. Then the aforementioned bad third quarter serving up 41 points put things to bed.

The players that sat out looked more like a M.A.S.H. unit for the TV show in the ’70s.

  • Alex Caruso: Out with a neck injury.
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: He’s really banged up, but the major injury is the ankle injury.
  • Kyle Kuzma: Rest
  • Anthony Davis: Rest

The Lakers end the seeding games with a record of 3-5 (Thankfully!). Now, everyone gets to watch NBA basketball and play scout waiting to see how the rest of the day’s games play out. By the end of the day, it will be clear which two teams will go head-to-head this weekend for an opportunity to play the Lakers in the first round.

Let’s finish out the regular season version of the Lake Show Life Lessons series!