Lakers Nation in five stages of grief as LA exits the playoffs early

Jun 4, 2021
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THE LAKERS trip in their series against the Phoenix Suns, and LeBron James’ legendary first-round playoff streak comes to an end as Devin Booker and company deal the team a heartbreaking 113-100 defeat.

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Lakers fans held out hope that the purple and gold would take it to Game 7, but it was not to be. On Twitter — where the keyword ‘Lebron’ was already trending with more than 250,000 tweets, and ‘Kuzma’ with above 50,000, right at the close of the game — Lakers Nation went through the five stages of grief.

From denial as AD walked off after just six minutes on the court, to bargaining as LA showed signs of life in the second half, to acceptance that, for now, the Lakers would sit this year out, here are the full spectrum of Twitter reactions to the Lakers’ loss.

Denial

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Bargaining

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Anger

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Depression

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Acceptance

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