The Lakers scoff at the thought of tanking, the concept contradicting the fabric that defines the franchise’s championship cloth.But even if they’re trying to overachieve amid a season of diminished expectations, the Lakers’ 111-104 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday at Staples Center showed they’re more likely to compete in April for lottery pingpong balls than any playoff berth.Of course, the Lakers (13-18) have over four months to prove otherwise in their 51 remaining games. But this stretch in the past week should have marked a time when they’d compile victories against sub.-500 opponents. At least to end the losing and climb upward in the Western Conference while Kobe Bryant (strained left knee), Steve Nash (nerve issues in back) Pau Gasol (upper respiratory infection) and Steve Blake (hyperextended right elbow) are all nursing injuries.Instead, the Lakers lost their fifth consecutive game and added another player to their injured reserve list. Forward Xavier Henry strained his right knee with 1:15 left in the first quarter, sat the rest of the game and will have an MRI taken today. WIth the Lakers fielding their 16th different starting lineup of the season, they lost in a different way. L.A. forward Shawne Williams missed a 26-foot three-pointer that could’ve tied the game with 18 seconds left. The Lakers inexplicably then took five more seconds before Jodie Meeks fouled Michael Carter Williams, who drained both free throws for a 109-104 cushion with 13 seconds remaining. To add insult to injury, Evan Turner concluded the game with a windmill dunk before quickly apologizing to the Lakers’ bench.Add up the Lakers’ 20 turnovers. Mix in Nick Young’s 26 points coinciding with a 6-of-21 clip and six turnovers. Sprinkle in some non-existent defense. And you have D’Antoni pleading optimism about the Lakers’ playoff chances despite sitting 13th in the Western Conference“We were seventh last year. We can’t think that way,” said D’Antoni, whose team closed out last season 28-12. “There’s no secret formula or sauce. We have to get some guys healthy and hope we stay fairly close.”Gasol sat out for the third time in the past five games, but the Lakers sounded optimistic he could play Tuesday against Milwaukee. “I hope to recover soon and be back on the floor again,” Gasol tweeted on Sunday, The Lakers’ backcourt, however, seems as flimsy as the team’s win total. “The biggest thing is keeping our guys’ heads up,” D’Antoni said. “I’m sure we’ll do that. They have a good spirit.”Moments later, D’Antoni walked into his office and had a closed-door meeting with Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, presumably to figure out what to make of the current mess. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I just have faith everything will be OK,” said Henry, though he described the knee as “a little swollen.” “This is not the end of the world for me no matter what they say with the MRI,” Henry said. “It’s part of God’s plan and I can only ride it.”It wasn’t the Lakers’ plan to lose to the Sixers (9-21), who remain among the Eastern Conference’s worst teams, rank last in total defense (111.5 points) and entered the game with a pitiful 1-13 road record. Nor was it Mike D’Antoni’s plan to rely on Kendall Marshall after the Lakers plucked him from the Development League. But there Marshall was, posting eight points on 3-of-5 shooting, three assists and two turnovers in 17 minutes. D’Antoni said Marshall “played well,” a rousing compliment considering the dismissive tone about his lack of playing time beforehand.“I don’t think we’re at the point where we can experiment,” D’Antoni said. “We’re not going to lose games because I’m experimenting.”
Wellington Police notes for Tuesday, April 5, 2016:â€¢12:39 a.m. Officers assisted an outside agency in the 900 block W. 7th, Wellington.â€¢12:45 a.m. Dustin L. Black, 27, Wellington was arrested on a Kansas Department of Corrections Warrant for parole violation.â€¢4:18 a.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the Wellington.â€¢9:37 a.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to a vehicle in the 400 block S. C, Wellington.â€¢11:19 a.m. Officers investigated a theft of a bicycle in the 200 block N. B, Wellington.â€¢12:06 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the Wellington.â€¢5:37 p.m. Officers investigated identity fraud in the 1100 block E. 16th, Wellington.â€¢5:45 p.m. Larry D. Everhart, 59, Las Vegas, Nev. was arrested, charged and bonded with driving while license is suspended.â€¢7:18 p.m. Charles J. Carey, 27, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for seatbelt violation.â€¢8:10 p.m. Roberto C. Reyes, 28, Wichita, was issued a notice to appear for fail to signal and defective headlamp.