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 loss in their past six games, their sixth overall to teams with .500 or worse records.
That makes them 9-13. That means the wheels officially are coming off. That doesn't make them entirely desperate -- but they're getting close.