The Lakers season continues to crumble as they set a franchise record for losses

In recent years both the Celtics and Lakers have hit hard times. Thanks to a great coach and motivated young players, the Celts have taken strides towards the positive. The Lakers on the other hand, have hit rock bottom, after a 106-78 loss to the Clippers on Sunday. The defeat set a new record for losses in a season for the purple and gold, at 56, with six games remaining.

The Clips' J.J. Redick had this to say following the spanking of the Lakers:

Statistically, the Lakers aren't that terrible. They rank 19th in points per game, and 12th in rebounds. But this is a franchise that gave us Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor and Kobe Bryant. So it's mind boggling when you see the Lakers trot out the likes of Ronnie Price and Robert Sacre.

Center Ed Davis, has potential, but may have summed up the season with one simple free throw:

Where the Celtics have guys praising their coach, the Lakers are seemingly doing their best to throw theirs under the bus:

What makes the Lakers even less desirable is that the league shoves them down your throat. It seems like every other night they are on national television. Even if Bryant was healthy I don't think I'd want to see the likes of Ryan Kelly and Carlos Boozer on a regular basis.

The only question for the Lakers is, can they hit the 60 loss mark? With a rematch against the Clippers, as well as visits from Dallas, and road match-ups against Denver and Sacramento, the answer is a resounding yes.

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