The Rundown: Lakers continue to struggle, fall prey to Raptors

Published May 3, 2021, 3:00 PMChuck Araneta

The Toronto Raptors extended the LA Lakers' woes with a win at Staples Center on Monday (PHT).


Bucks 117, Nets 114
Trail Blazers 129, Celtics 119
Heat 121, Hornets 111
Kings 111, Mavericks 99
Knicks 122, Rockets 97
Suns 120, Thunder 120
76ers 113, Spurs 111
Raptors 121, Lakers 114

What went down

The Lakers will be fine.

They’ll be fine even after suffering a brutal 121-114 loss to the Toronto Raptors, a game where they looked lifeless for the most part and through a half-hearted run in the final few minutes.

They’ll be fine even though their usually stout defense allowed Pascal Siakam and Kyle Lowry go absolutely insane. The two combined for 76 points and decimated the Lakers’ defense on every end of the floor.

The Lakers will be fine.

They’ll be fine even though the injuries continue to pile up. Dennis Schroeder missed the game due the health and safety protocols, while LeBron James exited in the fourth quarter after reaggravating his ankle injury.

They’ll be fine. Anthony Davis will bounce back after scoring only 12 points on 5-16 from the field. They’ll be fine, even though they’ve now fallen into a three-way tie with the Portland Trail Blazers and the Dallas Mavericks, on the brink of sliding all the way into the play-in tournament.

The Lakers will be fine. Everything will fall into place and all their stars will get healthy at the right time. And in two months, we’ll all wonder why we ever doubted James and the rest of the Lakers. 

They’ll be fine.

The Lakers will be fine. Right?

Big-time baller

In a duel between two Eastern Conference contenders, the reigning MVP reminded everyone just how spectacularly dominant he can be. Giannis Antetokounmpo tallied a game-high 49 points, to go along with eight rebounds and four assists, leading the Mlwaukee Bucks over the Brooklyn Nets.

What he said

''I think we're playing better basketball at the right time… Understanding the severity of each game - what we need to accomplish heading into the playoffs and what we need to accomplish to get into the playoffs is very important.'' — CJ McCollum, on the Blazers fighting to stay away from the play-in tournament by playing their best basketball of the season.

Did you see that?

The Philadelphia 76ers needed overtime to get the dub over the San Antonio Spurs, and they did it in thrilling fashion with a game-winning putback from Ben Simmons!