The most intriguing moment happened before the game when Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol hugged each other. The most boring moment happened once the Lakers played basketball. The Lakers’ most accomplished player (Bryant) labored through another night in which he could not rediscover his shot. The Lakers’ prized draft pick (D’Angelo Russell) played so poorly that he argued he does not deserve to start. The Lakers’ most productive player (Jordan Clarkson) did not shoot efficiently. Hence, the Lakers finished with another sluggish performance, a 114-91 defeat to the Chicago Bulls on Thursday night at Staples Center, continuing an eight-game losing streak that seemingly has no end in sight. The Lakers offered little to stop Chicago’s Jimmy Butler (26 points), Gasol (21 points, 12 rebounds, seven assists), Derrick Rose (16 points) and Doug McDermott (15 points). The 18,997 at Staples Center greeted the Lakers (9-39) with boos throughout, something Lakers coach Byron Scott argued “had every right.” Scott also sensed his team “didn’t come ready to play.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error After the NBA All-Star break on Feb. 14, Scott said he “probably” will start Russell at point guard in what should mark a significant turn in the rookie’s development. “It’s important because we want to put him against these top-tier guys again,” Scott said.Scott said he considers that move a “priority.” But with Lakers guard Lou Williams out with an upper respiratory infection, rookie forward Anthony Brown started ahead of Russell. He posted only three points on 1-of-7 shooting, four assists, four rebounds and three turnovers in 23 minutes off the bench. According to Scott’s timeline, Russell will come off the bench for eight more games. With how Russell played on Thursday, maybe longer.“Very bad start for sure,” Scott said. “Way too loose with the ball and too lazy with it right now. He has to do a better job of understanding how to run the offense and get the ball to people when he has to get it to him.”Russell had showed defiance in recent days over Scott’s criticisms. But not after playing against Chicago.“Lackadaisical turnovers cost you,” Russell said. “In this league, you have to have a pace about you and a patience at the same time.”But before Russell’s disappearing act, it appeared possible he would receive a promotion Thursday. Russell also had averaged 14.65 points on 47.37 percent shooting in the previous eight games.“I want him to keep progressing and getting better,” Scott said. “I just like guys that keep that hunger. I won’t tell him when he’s going to start again. But he will.”In the meantime, Scott said that Russell is “playing pretty good basketball on both ends.” But Scott then focused on the rookie averaging only 3.1 assists and 2.87 turnovers during that eight-game stretch. Scott described Russell’s turnovers as “sloppy” before criticizing his penchant for making fancy passes.“His decision-making has to be a lot better,” Scott said. “He’s trying to thread the needle to get the assist instead of just hitting the open man.” Scott then said Russell will “probably” struggle adapting to that demand.“He’s probably done it all his life,” Scott said. “But at this level, guys are bigger, quicker, faster and stronger. So a lot of times he sees that opening and it closes that quickly. It’s about being decisive and having spacing in this league. You hit the open guy. You don’t have to necessarily thread the needle all the time. He’ll learn that.”The Lakers appeared limited offensively with Clarkson (16 points on 5-of-14 shooting) and Bryant. But Randle offered some promise with 14 points on 4-of-8 shooting and eight rebounds in his second consecutive start, while Nick Young added 14 points on a 5-of-10 clip. Scott plans to start Randle against the Clippers tonight in a designated road game at Staples Center. But Scott maintained that promotion has more to do with phasing back rookie forward Larry Nance Jr., who had missed four games last week with a sore right knee. Nance Jr. had seven points and five rebounds in 17 minutes off the bench. “I don’t want to just throw him in there and give him 25-30 minutes and then (an injury) occurs again,” Scott said of Nance Jr. “I want to take the next couple of games to gradually ease into it and see how it feels. If it feels good, I’ll make the change back.”If only changing the Lakers’ results were just as easy. “I’m waiting on answers and trying to get answers,” Scott said. “The only other thing you can do is basically play everybody and try to find the guys who want to play. I’m not there yet. But I’m getting there.” “You keep preaching it that you have to come out ready to play every single night,” Scott said. “You start questioning from my standpoint if this is important to guys. It can’t be every now and then. It’s got to get to the point where you compete every single night. It’s basically your job to come out and play hard.”That hardly happened. Butler converted on three consecutive layups in the first quarter to build an 18-point Bulls lead. Bryant scored 10 points on 4-of-13 shooting in 25 minutes, marking the fewest points he scored against Chicago since his five-point effort as a rookie in February 1997. Bryant went to the scorer’s table midway through the fourth quarter, only for Scott to reconsider after the Bulls scored six points in less than a minute.“Man, it got out of hand real quick, didn’t it?” Scott recalled Bryant saying.All of which leaves the Lakers with 34 remaining regular-season games that offer little intrigue. That will only begin with the NBA lottery in late May, the draft in June and free agency in July. For those counting (and many are), the Lakers have only a 1 1/2-game lead over Philadelphia for the NBA’s worst record.But there marks something tangible beyond Bryant’s farewell tour that still provides some meaning.