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Lakers teammates Xavier Henry, left, Pau Gasol, center, and Kendall Marshall react on the bench during the fourth quarter of a blowout loss to the Clippers on March 6. The Lakers' losing ways have taken a toll on the players and the fans. (Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / March 6, 2014)

It was one of the Lakers' few sunshine moments this season, a historically bizarre victory in Cleveland when backup center Robert Sacre was allowed to keep playing despite picking up a sixth foul.

The serenity, though, was short-lived.

As Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni walked to the team bus in the underbelly of Quicken Loans Arena, he was heckled by fans cordoned behind a rope.

"Where's Phil Jackson?" one of them yelled in a surprisingly loud outburst.

"Your team is awful!" screamed another.

They did not wear Cavaliers apparel.

They wore Kobe Bryant jerseys.

Welcome to the Lakers' 2013-14 season, where nobody is spared and there is little gray area between anger and angst other than complete boredom.

The Lakers are a shell of themselves, and it shows everywhere.

Pick your mini-era — Kobe-Shaq in 2000, 2001 and 2002 or Kobe-Pau in 2009 and 2010 — but when the Lakers were winning championships, their haters showed up with vitriol-filled lungs to cheer against them in other cities.

Cowbells in Sacramento to mess with Phil Jackson. Derisive Khloe Kardashian chants aimed at Lamar Odom in Boston. Loud anti-Bryant rage just about anywhere.

But during a loss in Memphis last month, a fan in the third row noted to another, "It's kind of quiet in here."

The Lakers have dropped to third in the league in road attendance behind Miami and Oklahoma City. The anger (and, sure, support) that used to accompany their arrival has fallen.

"It might not be as exciting because we're losing most of those games," Pau Gasol said. "It makes sense."

It's worse than sensible.

"It's depressing," said Danny Kohan, a Lakers fan who lives in Agoura Hills and went to Denver to see them play the Nuggets on March 7, tying it in with a trip to see his brother. "I'm 29, so pretty much my entire life, I think there was one year where we didn't make the playoffs. It feels like a waste of time now because you know what the outcome's going to be. It's a helpless feeling."

Kohan and his friend, Sam Sakhai, bought tickets well ahead of time for $20 above their $60 face value. They said they could have purchased them online closer to game day for only $30.

"Prices went way down," Kohan said before the Lakers were done losing, 134-126, suffering their first sweep ever in the season series against Denver.

Sakhai, who wore a Showtime-era Jamaal Wilkes jersey that night, realized that 11 of the Lakers' 15 players did not have guaranteed contracts next season, adding to the general unrest over the team's future.

"I guess that's really why we're watching the games, to see who's good enough to stick around. It's a scouting mission," Sakhai said. "Not used to it at all."