Fans of the Los Angeles Lakers were feeling pretty great about their team heading into Sunday night’s game against the New York Knicks.
The squad had been 8-3 since the February trade deadline.
They had also recently scored a huge win over the Toronto Raptors, even without LeBron James.
But all of those good feelings vanished in an instant as the Lakers were defeated by the Knicks, 112-108.
Following the game, head coach Darvin Ham was asked about the loss and how it affects team morale.
This defeat came so close to the end of the postseason as the Lakers are battling to make the play-in games.
Ham sounded like he was ready to move forward, according to Spectrum SportsNet.
“We don’t have time to feel sorry for ourselves. We gotta go back and fill our cups up and get ready for this two-game road trip,” Ham said, referencing back-to-back games against the New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets later this week.
Darvin Ham looks at the little things that could have helped the @Lakers prevail. pic.twitter.com/FvKpahmq72
— Spectrum SportsNet (@SpectrumSN) March 13, 2023
Ham seemed optimistic that he and his team could pick themselves up and secure some more wins.
But he knows that time is running out.
Ham said, “Being two games under .500 and 14 left to play, we have time but we can’t waste any more time.”
He added that he knows the Lakers “can do big things in the postseason.”
However, they will have to start proving it soon.
Otherwise, they will be on the outside looking in as the playoffs start.
If the Lakers wish to be a part of those playoffs, they will need to earn a few more wins.
The good news for them is that the Western Conference is incredibly tight so several victories could get them in the middle of the pack.
That means that fans of the team could be happy again in just a few days.NEXT: Knicks, Lakers Game Had 2 Celebrities In Attendance