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Kobe Bryant, Lakers are still off-key in another loss

Kobe Bryant called Monday night’s game “frustrating.” (Charles Rex Arbogast / AP)

Another day, another game and let’s just say things aren’t getting any better for the Los Angeles Lakers, who lost their third straight game Monday night and fell to 17-24.

You can't blame him for doing the see-no-evil thing. (Kamil Krzaczynski / EPA) You can’t blame him for doing the see-no-evil thing. (Kamil Krzaczynski / EPA)

Over the last 10 games, they’ve won only twice and their 95-83 loss to the Chicago Bulls brought a whole new level of frustration for Kobe Bryant.

“I remember being frustrated before, but this is different because there are so many pieces, so many things going on,” Bryant said. “It is a little different.”

Bryant had 16 points, a performance that ended his run of 24 games with 20 or more points. Steve Nash led the team with 18.

“Very, very tough, very, very frustrating, trying to keep my cool,” Bryant said. “It is embarrassing. It is not even embarrassing. I am a big history guy. Playing here in this arena with these incredible fans, you’re in the house of MJ [that Jordan guy], [Scottie] Pippen, PJ [Phil Jackson] built, to put this kind of brand of basketball on the floor is just not acceptable.”

Dwight Howard had a Vesely-esque eight points, nine rebounds and five fouls. Pau Gasol, now a reserve, had 15 points and 12 rebounds.

“It isn’t against him, it’s better for us right now,” Coach Mike D’Antoni said of Gasol’s new role. “We’re going to try to work through it and see what we can do. Things do change, things happen, I can’t see the future, but we’re ready to go forward.”

D’Antoni has no magic fixes, no youth elixir for this crew, which is now four games out of the last Western Conference playoff spot. At least Kobe has outlets for his frustration. There’s music and his other new-found love, Twitter. Here’s his Monday in tweets (spoiler: it ends on a melancholy note):

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.



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Cindy Boren · January 21, 2013