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Fan appears to fall asleep courtside during Warriors' loss vs. Lakers

Fan appears to fall asleep courtside during Warriors' loss vs. Lakers

Before the season started, it looked like a marquee early-season matchup. But Wednesday night's clunker between the decimated Warriors and coasting Lakers was anything but.

The Warriors entered the game losers of four straight, trying to find a way to survive without Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Kevon Looney. The Lakers, meanwhile, are on the opposite end of the spectrum, with the LeBron James-Anthony Davis pairing yielding fantastic early-season returns.

Even with Davis sitting out Wednesday night's game at Staples Center, the mismatch was evident from the tip, with the Lakers picking apart the Warriors' porous defense en route to a 120-94 win. The game was a snoozer, so it's no surprise at least one fan at Staples Center was caught grabbing some Zs courtside late in the fourth quarter.

Can't blame him.

The Warriors skidded to a fifth-straight loss and their road ahead doesn't get much easier. With Curry and Thompson both getting re-evaluated in February, the Warriors, now 2-10, are starting at a long, painful season that they hope will set them up for a quick turnaround once fully healthy next season. 

[RELATED: Warriors' defense once again goes missing in loss vs. Lakers]

Until the Warriors are whole, there likely will be a few more snoozers for fans to sit through.

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Steve Kerr explains why Warriors-Lakers rivalry doesn't really exist

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Steve Kerr explains why Warriors-Lakers rivalry doesn't really exist

LOS ANGELES -- Standing in the lobby of UCLA's Mo Ostin Center, Warriors coach Steve Kerr found himself in a unique scenario in his latest trip to Southern California. 

During his coaching tenure, he's won 80 percent of his games against the team he grew up rooting for, including 10 of the last 12 matchups. Now, in a trend Kerr knows all too well, his team seems to be declining as the Lakers are ascending, prompting a familiar question from the coach Wednesday afternoon.

"Have the Warriors and Lakers ever been up at the same time in the history of our league?"

The current iteration of each team's roster indicates the answer is a resounding "no." Four months ago, Los Angeles acquired all-star big man Anthony Davis, pairing him with LeBron James to form one of the league's best duos. Additionally, Lakers GM Rob Pelinka surrounded the core with two-way veterans like Avery Bradley and Danny Green. 

Meanwhile, Golden State's season remains in peril. No longer the prohibitive favorites to win the title, the Warriors have fallen from contention altogether. In five months, they have lost vital pieces, including Kevon Looney, Draymond Green, Klay Thompson and superstar guard Steph Curry to injury. By Wednesday evening, Golden State could conceivably suit up just nine players at Staples Center. 

The current circumstances mirror the history between both teams. In four postseason matchups, the Lakers have never lost. When the Warriors won their first title on the West Coast in 1975, the Lakers failed to make the postseason. Twelve years later, when the teams played in the first round of the 1987 postseason, the top-seeded Lakers took care of the fifth-ranked Warriors in five games. Four years later, the eighth-seeded Warriors lost again in the first round in four games. 

Fast forward to 2015-2019, where the Warriors won three titles in five years while the Lakers were rebuilding, failing to reach the playoffs over that stretch. The course seemed to change 16 months ago, when superstar forward LeBron James signed with the team in free agency. Los Angeles responded by a 20-14 start, including a 127-101 Christmas Day drubbing of the Warriors at Oracle Arena. 

Then a groin injury -- suffered in the matchup against the Warriors -- sidelined James for much of the season. Adding to the peril, front office turmoil led to the resignation of Vice President Magic Johnson before the season finale and the eventual ousting of coach Luke Walton. 
 
"It looked to me like they were going to be pretty good," Kerr said. "And then they had their own challenges with injuries and other stuff."

Now, Lakers are on top. Following a victory Tuesday night in Phoenix, they're at the top of the Western Conference. Davis -- who isn't expected to play Wednesday night against Golden State -- is averaging 26.3 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game, while James continues to be one of the league's best players, solidifying one of the best cores in the league. 

"It's not surprising," Kerr admitted. "LeBron is one of the best passers in the history of the game. He's got Anthony to work with as a pick-and-pop guy, as a lob threat. You talk about two of the most talented players in the game and they both have great feels so it's not at all surprising."

[RELATED: Warriors must fix ugly defense to avoid hitting rock bottom]

Hope may be on the way for Golden State to balance the matchup going forward. Curry, Green and Thompson are all expected to be healthy by the start of next season, bringing back the core formidable enough to go against Los Angeles. 

"They've been good for a long time," Kerr said. "And they're good again and we're trying to get there."

NBA rumors: Lakers star Anthony Davis will not play against Warriors

NBA rumors: Lakers star Anthony Davis will not play against Warriors

It looks like the Warriors will face a Lakers team Wednesday night that will not be at full strength.

Anthony Davis won't suit up because of shoulder and rib soreness, Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports reported Wednesday, citing league sources. 

Davis played a team-high 38 minutes in the Lakers' win over the Suns on Tuesday night, registering 24 points, 12 rebounds, four assists, two steals and one block.

This will be his first game missed this season.

The Warriors, meanwhile, will be without Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevon Looney, Damion Lee, Jacob Evans and Alen Smailagic.

[RELATEDWarriors' injury report still growing through trying season]

Golden State big man Omari Spellman (left ankle sprain) remains questionable.

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