There are now fewer than 10 games left in the Lakers’ season. Even if the team was not 21-52 on the year or that Brandon Ingram was set to sit out his 2nd consecutive game with knee tendonitis, I would be saying this same thing: with the Lakers out of the playoff hunt, there is very little left to analyze in this season.
Sure, we can see if Julius Randle making 3’s is an actual thing. We can look at D’Angelo Russell’s work off the ball and start to sort out what type of contributor he can be playing next to a ball dominant player. We can see if Jordan Clarkson can continue his uptick in growth as a passer out of the P&R. Add whatever other small things you’ve noticed since the all-star break and add them here too.
And while those things matter, at this stage of the year, the value you extract from those things can only go so far. The off-season will be here before we know it and with that will come a time for change and, hopefully improvement. It will come through roster turnover and through player development via their own regiments. The expectation is that forward strides will be made and that both the organization and the players will explore all avenues (within the rules of the game) to come back next season better.