This is hardly a surprise, but the Los Angeles Lakers have now been eliminated from the 2014 NBA playoffs after losing 119-85 to the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.
The Lakers don’t have the worst record in the league – that belongs to the Milwaukee Bucks who are at 13-52 – though they are tied with the Utah Jazz for the worst win-loss record in the Western Conference.
And, as a result of losing their 44th game tonight, the Lakers are now the first team in the league to be eliminated from the playoff hunt.
Of course, the playoffs have long been out of the question for the Lakers. Instead, the franchise’s attention has been on the 2014 NBA Draft class that could feature talented prospects such as Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker, Joel Embiid and Dante Exum.
In fact, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak was spotted scouting Wiggins during an NCAA tournament game yesterday. Wiggins could be just one of the players who the Lakers may have an opportunity to select during June’s draft, though the team’s final placing won’t be known until the NBA’s draft lottery on May 20.
The last time the Lakers missed the playoffs was in 2005 when they ended up drafting Andrew Bynum out of high school with the 10th overall selection.