CLEVELAND -- Mike D'Antoni stood outside the visiting locker room and stared at the ground.
His eyes were bloodshot, his hair a mess, his tie out of sorts. It was as if he had spent the previous 48 minutes tumbling in a clothes dryer.
"The state that we're in, that's inexcusable, and we've got to figure it out," he said.
D'Antoni was speaking after Tuesday's 100-94 loss to the Cavaliers. It's the Lakers fifth straight flameout, their seventh overall to teams with .500 or worse records.
That makes them 9-13. That makes the wheels officially coming off. That doesn't make them entirely desperate -- but they're getting close. Dangerously close.
It's true that they still don't have Steve Nash, out with a leg injury. It's true that Pau Gasol missed another game with tendinitis in his knees.
But if Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard can't get it done, well, you have to wonder how big of a difference a healthy Gasol and Nash will really make. Or if they can make nearly enough.