The Lakers are officially out of the running for a playoff spot in the Western Conference. No surprise there.

What’s interesting is it’s the earliest the franchise has been eliminated from contention since the team was located in Minneapolis.

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The Lakers moved to Los Angeles for the start of the 1960-61 season. Despite beating the Pistons at home Tuesday night, the Lakers (17-46) were knocked out after the Pelicans beat the Nets.

"I don't think about that, to be honest with you," coach Byron Scott told reporters after the game. "I'm just thinking about the process of this team continuing to get better and just sticking with what we talked about on both ends of the floor. From day one to now, we've gotten better on the defensive end. That's what I've been preaching all season long, so that makes me happy.”

The Lakers have 19 games left in the season.

"Dang, I was looking forward to starting a 21-game winning streak," Scott said, jokingly.

As a franchise, the Lakers have reached the postseason a league-best 60 times in 67 seasons.


A big part of the Lakers' struggle is that they are without Kobe Bryant, who suffered a torn rotator cuff and has been sidelined since Jan. 21.