Beating the Kings may not be at the top of every fan's wish list at this point in the season, but if the Lakers are doomed to finish with lower odds than the Suns, which seems more likely now than ever before, the Lakers may as well win Friday night and look to put together their first four-game winning streak since the 2012-13 season - a four-year dry patch.
Ennis responded with five points, two assists and no turnovers in the opening period. The Lakers got back up by six a couple of times, but Pau Gasol answered each time with an and-one dunk and three-pointer.
What the Lakers do have right now in Russell and Ingram are players that have the potential to ascend the franchise' future.
Nance finished with 15 points and nine rebounds and Randle had 11 points and eight rebounds. "Originally, he was on no minutes restriction, but with the pain (he is now)", Walton said. Jordan Clarkson banged his knee and sat out most of the second half. Tarik Black was also listed as questionable with a mild sprained left knee, but had five points in 27 minutes.
Dating back to the trade they made in 2012 to acquire Steve Nash, the Lakers owe the Philadelphia 76ers a first-round draft pick. This is what happened to the Lakers on Wednesday against the San Antonio Spurs when they tried desperately to lose and still couldn't do so. Green missed his third straight game with a bruised left quadriceps. Watch this game live on TV: SSPECSN/SPECD for the Los Angles and FOX Sports SouthWest for the San Antonio people. Davis Bertans has 25 blocks, one more than Leonard had his rookie season. The Lakers have the NBA's third-worst record, giving them a 51.3 percent chance of getting the No.4, No.5 or No.6 pick in the lottery.
In their last two meetings, the San Antonio Spurs had beaten the Lakers handily.
What makes the Spurs win even more shocking (and hilarious) is that it looked like Luke Walton was doing everything he could have done to purposely lose. If the Lakers end up in the top-three of this year's lottery and keep their pick, the Magic will instead get the team's second-rounder in 2017 and 2018.
"We're all on social media, so we see it, but I only worry about things in here", Ennis said. We want to get better in all aspects of the game.
With only four games left in the season, Walton was happy to give World Peace - his former teammate and the 2004 Defensive Player of the Year - some floor time.
"I'm pretty sure I'm going to keep playing games, I don't want to fall out of rhythm", Leonard said. "... He's so committed to what he's doing on the defensive end for us that it's really clear to see what the game is like when he's out there and he's not".