What to do when you feel invisible at work

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Details You’re a smart person and you do good work. So how come you’re not being noticed? Your boss isn’t recognizing the good work you do and your co-workers don’t appreciate you. Here are four steps you can take if you’re feeling overlooked…Keep your cool: When you’re feeling invisible,  it can be frustrating. Try your best to remain calm and collected, and if you feel yourself reaching a breaking point, take a walk and calm yourself down. Nothing good can come from having a meltdown in the office, so get a little fresh air and take a few deep breaths to restore your sanity.Do some digging: As much as we hate to admit it, we are often the cause of our problems. Before you blame someone else, take a hard look at yourself. Have you done something to alienate yourself from your co-workers? Maybe you have and you don’t even realize it. Sometimes you’ll be more appreciated by becoming the best co-worker and employee that you can be. Think hard on it and give it a shot.Write off the need for recognition: You may feel like you’re doing exceptional work, and though you may be, it won’t always be rewarded with a parade and fireworks. If you know you’re doing great work, keep it up and it will lead to bigger and better things.Go somewhere else: If you can’t figure out why you’re being unappreciated, maybe the job just isn’t the best fit for you. If this is the case, don’t be afraid to walk away. Most of us have had a handful of jobs in our life, and it often takes time to find the perfect fit.last_img read more

Loan Zone: Canada’s new mortgage stress test rule

first_img 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Effective Jan. 1, federally regulated financial institutions in Canada are now required to meet the new Mortgage Stress Test Rule handed down from the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions. While the rule won’t directly impact provincially regulated credit unions, there could be a trickle-down effect—resulting in both potential opportunity and risks for Canadian CUs.The rule requires buyers with uninsured mortgages to prove they can afford payments based on the greater of the Bank of Canada’s five-year benchmark rate (currently 4.99 percent) or their contract mortgage rate plus two percentage points. (Read more about qualified mortgages and the ability to repay in the U.S.)Stephen Kerr, a partner at the Canadian law firm Fasken Martineau, Toronto, shares his perspective. Specifically, he describes how Canadian credit unions can evaluate their mortgage underwriting guidelines to prepare for and perhaps take advantage of the new rule. continue reading »last_img read more

Coronavirus clouds Apple’s timeline for new iPhones

first_img“Are Apple’s engineers with the Foxconn engineers? If they are, they’re probably making progress. But if they’re not, if they’re quarantined, that could be bad.”While Apple uses other contract manufacturers such as Wistron Corp to make some iPhones, Taiwan’s Foxconn tends to handle the introduction of new models because its capabilities are the most advanced, supply chain experts said.Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics maker, delayed reopening key iPhone factories in Shenzhen and Zhengzhou after the Lunar New Year holiday but hopes to resume half of its Chinese production by the end of February.Senior Foxconn officials who have been working remotely from Taipei since the holiday have not yet returned to China on a large scale, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters, speaking of company officials generally. Travel restrictions to China because of the coronavirus have come just as Apple Inc’s engineers usually jet off to Asia to perfect the production of this fall’s new iPhones, former employees and supply chain experts told Reuters.High-volume manufacturing is not scheduled until summer, but the first months of the year are when Apple irons out assembly processes with partners such as Hon Hai Precision Industry Co’s Foxconn, two former Apple employees said.“They probably have one assembly line they’re trying things out on,” said one of the former employees who asked not to be named discussing production matters. Apple declined to comment. Foxconn Technology Group said in an emailed statement on Tuesday that the company is following all legally required health and safety practices at its factories to protect employee welfare.“Consistent with this, we are taking a cautious approach in the implementation of our post-holiday production schedules in each of our facilities in China,” the company said.Last week, Apple warned investors it was unlikely to meet revenue targets for the first three months of 2020 and that global iPhone supplies would be limited as manufacturing sites in China were not ramping up production as quickly as expected.Foxconn said this month that the coronavirus outbreak would lower its revenue this year.Earlier this month, United Airlines, which has disclosed that Apple is a major customer, said it was cancelling all fights to China until late April. Apple, meanwhile, said on Jan. 28 that it was restricting employee to travel to China to “business-critical” situations.Medical workers in protective suits check a CT (computed tomography) scan image of a patient at a community health service center, which has an isolated section to receive patients with mild symptoms caused by the novel coronavirus and suspected patients of the virus, in Qingshan district of Wuhan, Hubei province, China February 8, 2020. (REUTERS/China Daily)Collaboration criticalFor new iPhone models, the transition from prototype to the assembly of millions of units starts in earnest when the Lunar New Year holiday in China ends in late January and early February, people familiar with the process said.At that point, Apple has tested numerous prototypes and is in the late stages of what is called engineering validation, in which Foxconn workers assemble small numbers of devices while engineers from both firms troubleshoot.If delays occur at this stage it would eat into the time Apple needs to finalize orders for chips and other parts, almost all of which are custom-made for the iPhone.Because of the huge volumes needed, “they can’t wait to make component selections”, said Ron Keith, founder of Supply Chain Resources Group, which works with electronics makers such as Alphabet Inc’s Nest.In March and April, Apple engineers typically work with Foxconn counterparts to set up new assembly lines and do trial runs, before making final adjustments in April and May. The aim is to have production lines up and running in June so others can be added progressively to ramp up output.“It’s very complicated. There are so many variables in the environment, including small factors such as air pollution,” one of the people familiar with the process said.Anna-Katrina Shedletsky, a former Apple engineer and founder of Instrumental, a startup focused on factory automation based in Mountain View, California, said on-the-ground engineering collaboration was critical for new products.“You can fly those engineers somewhere else but there’s knowledge about how you make a product in that environment. It’s not that it can’t be taught but it’s a hard thing to move,” she said.While supply chain experts and industry insiders say Apple still has time to keep its annual iPhone schedule on track, travel restrictions have left it in a tough spot.“There is no face-to-face work being done,” an executive at a semiconductor firm that supplies smartphone companies and works with teams in China said, speaking generally about phone production cycles.“And the word is, that’s probably not going to change for another month at best. You’re really talking about two lost months, which in the consumer electronics cycle is huge.”Topics :last_img read more

​Big investors at crossroads in ‘man vs machine’ shift, survey shows

first_imgFidelity also found that institutional investors around the world expected markets and decision-making to become faster, accurate and more efficient as new technologies took hold.Nearly two thirds (62%) of respondents said they believed trading algorithms and sophisticated quantitative models would make markets more efficient, and 80% thought blockchain and similar technologies would fundamentally change the industry.Most investors said they expected to rely on AI in the near future for certain business functions: 69% of respondents said they expected to rely on AI for optimising asset allocation in the near future, while 67% foresaw themselves relying on the technology for monitoring and evaluating manager and portfolio performance and risk.Nearly 40% said they expected to use it to make custom portfolios without the help of asset managers.However, only 10% respondents told the researchers that they had already fully integrated the technology into investment processes.Paras Anand, head of asset management, Asia Pacific, at Fidelity International, warned that following new data sources or algorithms should not be done blindly.“AI is not capable of making investment decisions alone and more data can simply give way to the risk of mistaking mere noise for valuable insight,” he said. “But if carefully considered investors can embrace AI to enhance their process.”The survey respondents included pension funds, insurance companies and financial institutions with a collective $29trn (€25trn) of assets under management. Most institutional investors believe technological advances such as artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain will transform the investment industry in the next seven years – but few have used them yet.After polling 905 investors from 25 countries, Fidelity Institutional Asset Management said its research suggested that institutional investors “appear to be at a crossroads in their understanding of how man versus machine will play out”.Its Global Institutional Investor Survey reported that 53% institutional investors believed technology would replace traditional investment roles.However, many said the human connection would continue to be important, with 60% believing AI would augment jobs rather than replace them.last_img read more

Rooney sees red but United cling on

first_img Rooney became the third-highest scorer in Premier League history when he opened the scoring for United with a deft volley and Robin van Persie doubled the lead with his 50th goal for the club. Rooney then put his team’s chances in jeopardy by kicking out at Stewart Downing, but despite Diafra Sakho’s header making it awkward, Louis van Gaal’s side held on for a 2-1 win. The expert execution of the volley across the West Ham goalkeeper was befitting of a striker whose Premier League scoring record is only bettered by Andy Cole and Alan Shearer. United’s creaky defence almost cost them the lead within one minute of Rooney’s goal. Daley Blind’s miscued clearance landed straight into the stride of Enner Valencia, but he blasted into the Stretford End. It was a let-off for the hosts, who quickly sought to settle the nervy home crowd with a second goal. Rooney found Van Persie at the back post with a delightful cross, but the Dutchman headed wide. Angel di Maria shot high and wide from inside the West Ham box and Rooney then fluffed a shot inside the area. Van Persie had no such trouble in the 23rd minute when he put United 2-0 up. Adrian put Alex Song under pressure with a poor clearance and United took full advantage. Ander Herrera nicked the ball off the Barcelona loanee and Van Persie angled his shot past the West Ham goalkeeper after a clever pass from Falcao. For all their attacking brilliance, at the back United still looked suspect. Song slipped Sakho in behind, but Marcos Rojo raced across to put in a vital tackle. Sakho found the net a few minutes later though, due to a rare error from David de Gea. Song hit the bar with a header after the Spaniard flapped at a corner and the ball fell to Sakho, who headed into an empty net. Sakho put McNair under pressure as United desperately tried to hold on to their lead before the break. After the break, West Ham continued to press. Aside from a shot by Falcao, United offered little on the attack. Slack marking from debutant Luke Shaw allowed Sakho to sting De Gea’s palms with a fierce volley. United looked shaky in the face of West Ham’s attacking play, and their task was made much harder when Rooney was sent off just before the hour. The United captain, unable to catch Downing, kicked the midfielder from behind while he was at full pace. Referee Lee Mason blew his whistle and then, to the shock of the home fans and players, showed Rooney his first red card for United in five-and-a-half years. Van Gaal looked to shore up his team by bringing Darren Fletcher on for Falcao. West Ham sent Carlton Cole on and looked to press home their numerical advantage. Sakho rippled the side-netting and Valencia’s deflected shot flew inches wide as West Ham piled on pressure. Herrera hobbled off with a back injury before McNair made a goal-saving header deep inside the home box. Kevin Nolan turned in Carl Jenkinson’s cross in the 89th minute, but linesman Andrew Garratt flagged for offside and United held on to record the second win of Van Gaal’s tenure. Wayne Rooney’s reckless dismissal did not stop Manchester United from returning to winning ways as they edged past West Ham on a nervy afternoon at Old Trafford. Just like in last week’s shock defeat to Leicester, United looked very impressive at times going forward. The attacking trio of Rooney, Van Persie and Radamel Falcao combined well up front, until the United captain was sent off in the 59th minute for the foul, which occurred deep inside his own half. At the back, United looked vulnerable once again, although in fairness to Van Gaal, his injury troubles were so bad that he had to give 19-year-old centre-back Paddy McNair a debut. Of more concern to Van Gaal will be Rooney’s absence, which will last three matches if the dismissal is deemed to be violent conduct by the Football Association. That would rule the United skipper out of the forthcoming games against Everton, West Brom and Chelsea – three games United will want to win to put themselves firmly back in the hunt for the Champions League places. The desire to put last week’s capitulation to bed was clear from the first whistle. United hit West Ham with attack after attack, and it took less than five minutes for the hosts to break the deadlock. Rafael sprinted down the right flank after dinking the ball over Aaron Cresswell. The Brazilian paused and crossed for Rooney, who volleyed past Adrian after one bounce. Press Associationlast_img read more

Dog Haus to open location on Figueroa Street Nov. 20

first_imgOn Nov. 20 the gourmet hot dog and sausage restaurant chain Dog Haus will open its 12th location at University Park. Earlier in the semester, Dog Haus began selling three signature hot dogs specifically for the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.Those mourning the loss of Freebirds on Figueroa will find a replacement in the craft casual hot dog concept of this Pasadena-based chain, which will operate at 3335 S. Figueroa St. every day from 7 a.m. to midnight.On Figueroa, Dog Haus will serve hot dogs, burgers, chili cheese tots and milkshakes, along with several of their own creations. These include the Downtown Dog — a bacon wrapped hot dog topped with caramelized onions, bell peppers and other toppings, and The Fonz, spicy Italian sausage with pastrami and melted mozzarella.According to a recent press release, the location also hopes to provide diners with a wine and beer menu by the end of the year.The USC location will be the first to offer breakfast options. These will be served daily as well, from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m., and will feature a Build Your Own Breakfast Burrito menu.Dog Haus describes its brand as “fast casual” and aims to give diners a throwback to backyard hot dog and burger barbecues with a modern aesthetic.Recently, the company has undergone expansion. The first of two locations in Pasadena opened in 2010, and the chain has grown to 10 franchise stores since, the 10th being at USC.The franchisee, Tenny Megerdichian, is an original founder’s sister. She said she has liked watching the hot dog chain’s growth.“It has been incredible to see this brand grow over the past years, and I am so proud of what my brother and his business partners have accomplished in just five years,” Megerdichian said in a press release. “I’m honored to officially become part of the Dog Haus family with this opening and can’t wait to bring the absolute würst to the USC community!”From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Nov. 20, the new location will offer customers a free Haus Dog from their menu of seven signature hot dogs.last_img read more

Tua Tagovailoa injury update: Alabama QB leaves SEC championship with leg injury

first_imgTua Tagovailoa left the SEC Championship game Saturday with an apparent leg injury.The Heisman Trophy candidate was stepped on by his lineman in the fourth quarter and was down on the field for a good amount of time. He had to be helped off the field by two members of the training staff and had trouble putting weight on his ankle. It is unclear if Tagovailoa will return to the game.Jalen Hurts replaced Tagovailoa.The Alabama quarterback was 10-of-25 passing for 164 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions before he left the game.last_img

Hearts of Oak secures lucrative sponsorship deal with FERO Mobile

first_imgAccra Hearts of Oak have secured a lucrative sponsorship deal with FERO Mobile Phones.The Accra-based electronic company will be awarding their products to the club’s man of the match and player of the month winners.The club in a statement said ” Accra Hearts of Oak is delighted to announce FERO MOBILE PHONES as the club’s official Man-of-the-Match and Player-of-the-Month (POTM) sponsors.””Electracom Limited, distributors of FERO MOBILE PHONES in Ghana, reached successful agreement with Hearts to sponsor the club’s MOTM and POTM awards for the second round of the 2016/17 Ghana Premier League season.”As part of the deal, Hearts Man-of-the-Match and Player-of-the-Month winners will take home a sleek FERO MOBILE PHONE, a cash prize, and a polo shirt, after every single match and month. The club have announced their second sponsorship of the month after a contract with GOIL was extended.last_img read more

Tiger Woods’ history and wins at the Masters

first_img Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/58/37/tiger-woods-2002jpg_1csnbns7wkvi18lnwetmqbetl.jpg?t=1063146378&w=500&quality=80 Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/cd/b9/tiger-woods-2005jpg_ilrwl5bak8ru1kxyz8wzqvcea.jpg?t=1063350994&w=500&quality=80 2005 Tiger Woods is staging a dramatic comeback at the Masters.For the first time in a decade, the 43-year-old golfer is in contention for the lead on Sunday at Augusta National. Woods is looking for his fifth career green jacket, and his first since 2005.MORE: Tiger Woods’ best career Masters finishes, rankedTiger Woods’ Masters wins1997 21-year-old Tiger Woods won his first major championship at Augusta National in 1997, twelve strokes ahead of runner-up Tom Kite. (Getty Images)2001 The 26-year-old completed the Tiger Slam, winning his fourth consecutive major. He became the third player in tournament history to successfully defend his title. (Getty Images) Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/36/1c/tiger-woods-2001jpg_1rlym5pbsimzp1uvi72ipfxvki.jpg?t=1063033866&w=500&quality=80 The 25-year-old won his second Masters and sixth major championship, two strokes ahead of runner-up David Duval. (Getty Images)2002 Getty Images https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/b3/e4/tiger-woods-ftrjpg_1oqlw7bcvmn8310sahza8icmmv.jpg?t=1062433994&w=500&quality=80 The 29-year-old defeated Chris DiMarco in a playoff. The birdie chip that Woods made at the 16th hole in the final round of the tournament is his most famous shot to date.Tiger Woods’ history at the MastersYearFinish1995T411996Cut199711998T81999T182000520011200212003T152004T22200512006T32007T2200822009T62010T42011T42012T402013T42015T172018T32Tiger Woods’ career stats by majorTournamentEntriesWinsTop 5Top 10CutThe Masters20411131U.S. Open193783British Open193692PGA Championship184783last_img read more

Lakers wear down late in home loss to first-place Bucks

first_img Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed “We just broke down individually down the stretch defensively,” said James, who had 10 assists and seven rebounds. “Too many breakdowns, one-on-one breakdowns. And Bled, he brought ’em home.” How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions In his second game back in the starting lineup, Rondo finished with 20 points (on 19 shots), nine assists and eight rebounds.“Shooters shoot,” he quipped.The Lakers played without Lance Stephenson, who missed the game with a sprained toe on his left foot despite being upgraded to questionable on Friday morning.The Lakers play Saturday night in Phoenix against the last-place Suns. While urgency has sometimes been lacking for this team during the playoff push, most of the players felt they are on the right track nonetheless.“I think we’ll be alright,” Kyle Kuzma said. “Everybody knows what we got to do. We got to win and play hard and bring the effort. I think the past two, three games we have done that. At the end of the day that is all you can ask for: effort.” PreviousMilwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, celebrates from the bench after the Bucks scored during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Bucks won 131-120. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram shoots as Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez, left, and guard Eric Bledsoe defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, right, tries to move past Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsMilwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, dunks as Milwaukee Bucks forward Nikola Mirotic watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Bucks guard Tony Snell dunks during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Former Los Angeles Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo shoots as Los Angeles Lakers guard Rajon Rondo, left, and forward Kyle Kuzma defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma shoots as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, left, defends and forward Nikola Mirotic watches during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Bucks guard Malcolm Brogdon shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Mike Muscala, left, defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, passes as Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, reaches in on Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe, left, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, knocks the ball from the hands of Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Bucks won 131-120. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, left, tries to shoot as Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Bucks won 131-120. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe, left, shoots as Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma defends during the second half of Friday’s game at Staples Center. The Lakers led with just more than three minutes left, before Bledsoe (31 points, nine rebounds, five assists) and the Bucks took advantage of some Lakers miscues and closed out a 131-120 victory. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James paues during the closing seconds of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Bucks won 131-120. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, center, shoots as Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez, left, and forward Giannis Antetokounmpo defend during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Bucks won 131-120. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers center JaVale McGee defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Bucks won 131-120. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma, second from left, tries to shoot past Milwaukee Bucks guard Pat Connaughton, left, forward Giannis Antetokounmpo and guard Tony Snell during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Bucks won 131-120. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, front, dives for a loose ball as Milwaukee Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe also chases it during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Bucks won 131-120. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, shoots as Los Angeles Lakers forward Mike Muscala defends during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Bucks won 131-120. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo, right, celebrates from the bench after the Bucks scored during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. The Bucks won 131-120. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram shoots as Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez, left, and guard Eric Bledsoe defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)NextShow Caption1 of 22Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram shoots as Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez, left, and guard Eric Bledsoe defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 1, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)ExpandLOS ANGELES — At their best, the Lakers are good enough to put the NBA’s top team on the ropes.Just not for 48 minutes.There were moments of high drama between the Lakers (30-32) and the Bucks (48-14) on Friday night at Staples Center, as the home team clawed for playoff positioning against the No. 1 team in the East. But despite 31 points from Brandon Ingram and 31 from LeBron James, the Lakers simply wore down in a 131-120 loss – after frittering away opportunities in the fourth quarter, a heavy minutes rotation took its toll on the starters.In a game that was tied six times over the final seven minutes, the Lakers were up 118-116 with 3:11 remaining, when Rajon Rondo bounced a pass just ahead of James for a turnover. From there, the Bucks went on a game-ending 15-2 run, punctuated by 3-pointers by Malcolm Brogdon (21 points) and Eric Bledsoe (31 points, nine rebounds, five assists). Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Rondo played 40 minutes, while James and Ingram each played 39. No Bucks player logged more than 32 minutes, and Giannis Antetokounmpo had 16 points and 15 rebounds as he continued to display his MVP candidacy.While the Lakers were able to limit him to 7 for 14 from the field, they were less happy about how they contained his supporting cast: Seven Bucks finished in double figures, and a tightened Lakers bench rotation was again outscored (34-21).When they ran back on offense, the Lakers had to counter a Milwaukee press late in the game. The Lakers had two more turnovers, one on a James offensive foul, then another as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope threw an awkward inbounds pass to Ersan Ilyasova – the Bucks scored off of both.On the ill-fated inbounds pass that gave Milwaukee a six-point lead, Lakers coach Luke Walton claimed responsibility.“I wanted to get something with LeBron coming downhill,” he said. “We took for granted to get the ball inbounds.”Ingram took a frustrated shot as time expired, and the Lakers lost for the 11th time in their last 16 games. With only 20 games left, they still trail the eighth-place San Antonio Spurs by 3½ games in the Western Conference standings.No player had a more robust start than Ingram, who hit his first nine shots. His evening wasn’t just efficient: Two of the most vibrant plays of his career came against the Bucks, as he twirled past Nikola Mirotic for a reverse jam in the first half, then slammed over a helpless Brook Lopez in the second.But it was hard for the Lakers to stay afloat without James or Ingram on the floor. The duo played the whole of the third quarter, as Antetokounmpo sat for the last five minutes of the period. In the fourth quarter, as the Greek Freak and Bledsoe started bullying their way to the rim, the fatigue began to show for L.A.Walton acknowledged that big minutes for starters will be the case more often, at least as long as Lonzo Ball remains injured (which is expected to be at least three more games).“We’re gonna shorten down the rotation a little bit, but we’re going to give guys chances out there to see if someone’s having a night,” he said. “That’s going to change from game-to-game.”At one point, the Lakers looked to be in control, leading by 12 points midway through the third quarter. But Bledsoe, with a freshly inked contract extension, took control and helped the Bucks battle their way back to a one-point lead.Even those who had less satisfactory beginnings found moments to shine. The Staples Center crowd groaned in the first quarter as Rondo missed his first five 3-point attempts. But he went on to nail some others, including back-to-back lead-taking shots in the first half, and another game-tying shot in the second.Related Articleslast_img read more