Lakers lose to the wizards 1 16 to 1 oh seven the final score. Laker fans, what happened tonight? Lakers now, 30 six and 26 on the season. Got to be honest. I was not expecting that type of nite from the Los Angeles. Lakers was not expecting another loss here. They've lost three of their last four games since Anthony Davis came back. Not that I'm paying attention to that. Just simply paying attention to the loss. Um, look, I'll give the Washington wizards some credit. Yes, they're playing good basketball. Um, let me give the Washington credit. Some more credit. They got a great backcourt Bradley, Beal and Russell Westbrook. Um, they've won coming into this game 10 of their last 12 games, We couldn't get a stop. Lakers could not get a stop against the Washington, give up 31 points in the first quarter. 30 points in the second quarter, 29 points in the third quarter. Uh, the world is not gonna end. But you know, watching a game like this where you expect the Lakers to just have a much better performance. I mean, I'm not here to make any more excuses for the Lakers. I'm really not. I've done that. I made those excuses and there's reasons why I made them Lebron, Anthony Anthony Davis, both out of the lineup. Um, but I think at this point, I was mentioning this yesterday on Lakers talk, you reach a point where you look at this roster, there is so much depth on this roster. Anthony Davis is not playing 31 minutes, just played 31 minutes in his last two games. Not expecting the Lakers to have really any more games like this. I'll tell Michael, coming in to the pregame show where Lakers slated right now in the NBA standings. They're slated at 5th, so their fifth in the standings. Why would Dallas or Portland? Why would either of those teams be a threat to surpass the Lakers for that number five spot? Laker fans of course, As always, we want to get your thoughts on the game. So 8777 10 ESPN shoot us a call and give me your thoughts on this Lakers lost to the Washington wizards. Um, your thoughts obviously on the game big picture or just on tonight's game, you could feel free to do so 877 17 ESPN, Okay, I want to get through a couple of things here. So when I talk about the NBA standings and I'm one that's guilty now of spending some time doing this when it comes to stage two weeks ago, I was saying that the standings don't matter that it's not that big of a deal that if you, if you look at the standings and okay whether the Lakers end up in these six spots, they get in the playing tournament. All good. It doesn't matter. That was kind of the thought process a couple of weeks ago from me, that's changed. That's completely changed. And I, you know, let me kind of continue to emphasize my point here. Um Lakers have, in my opinion, enough back to start doing some damage again. Of course, Lebron James, best player in the world, don't get me wrong, Laker fans, I'm not sitting here trying to make a case that the Lakers, this Roster without L. B. J. is supposed to go 14 to know that's not the point that I'm trying to make. But what I'm trying to say is look at the roster, there are a lot of talented players on this team, Washington is An Eastern Conference team, hanging on to 10th place in the east. Even though they're playing as good as they are. Okay. If the offense isn't going, let's say the offense isn't flowing for the Lakers, that's one thing. But how about the defense? Andre Drummond KCP? Um Dennis schroder, Anthony Davis got Montrezl Harrell coming off the bench, Kyle Kuzma, an improved defender. I know there's gonna be games where we cannot depend just on the offensive end for the Lakers. I get that. And actually I prefer it more when the Lakers are depending more on the defensive side. I heard Michael say this during the broadcast, Michael said that uh if the Lakers can start getting some uh starts and stops on the defensive side, the offense will start flowing and I was everybody was waiting for that. I mean, I did the halftime report Once the Lakers were down six, it was mentioning like, alright, come third quarter, Lakers are going to turn this thing around. Third Quarter came Lakers were outscored by seven. So um whether you're somebody that cares about where the where the Lakers sit in the NBA standings or not, whether you're somebody that's out there right now, you're driving around, you're listening to me, you're saying now they just got to be healthy, whichever side of it that you're on 5th place in the in the Western Conference, 36 and 26. Dallas isn't playing amazing basketball. Portland certainly isn't playing amazing basketball, even though they're about to blow out the Memphis Grizzlies tonight? I want the Lakers sustain that number five slot. Wouldn't you rather play the Los Angeles clippers later in the playoffs? If you have that option? I mean the Lakers, this is a unique opportunity for them to avoid Utah phoenix. And uh and the Los Angeles clippers in the first round. I know there's going to be Laker fans out there that say who cares chest out, we'll play anybody at any time. But I think from a strategic perspective, it is nice to um play some of these teams a little bit later in the playoffs. You know, you're going to have to face them. I mean, nobody's nobody's sitting here trying to say that or you're going to avoid a team. No, no, you're going to have to face the best of the best as as we progress in the playoffs here. That obviously has not happened so far.