Some members of the Los Angeles Lakers went to an evacuation room in Utah on Thursday night and did not make it out before the time ended. Vivint Smart Home Arena proved to be as dangerous for a trap and LA could not escape with a victory when they watched all their efforts with effective crime dehydrated by the jazz and lost 113-95 to fall to 3-6 since LeBron James got hurt.
The Lakers entered Utah on a two-game winning stretch and seemed to have found some success strategies without James, but Friday night's loss showed why they need their star. Jazzen did an excellent job of stifling LA's other options, getting into the Lakers jerseys all night and taking advantage of James's absence to play one-on-one defense on a string over the floor.
Seriously, The first half was so bad that I slowly lost my mind and tried to fix the awful Jack in the box ad, they always show on Spectrum Sportsnet:
It got a little better from there when the Lakers went on a 1
The Lakers cut the jazz lead to as little as nine points during the short distance, but then Ball picked his fifth foul and the jazz replied with a 5-0 round culminating in Brandon Ingram (15 points in 6-11 shooting) missing an isolation in the mid-range jumper in the third quarter.
These shooting problems were legal. Kyle Kuzma chilled, missed all eight of his shots in the first half (and first 10 overall) after going for a career high of 41 points two nights ago. Kuzma finally ended with 11 points and 8 rebounds of 4-18 shooting.
The Lakers as a team shot 35.3 percent from the field and 18.5 percent from the 3-point range, which just won't get it done in 2019 NBA. Or any NBA, really.
Make Things Worse, Utah Jazz Guard Donovan Mitchell popped for 33 points in 24 shots against a Lakadaisical Lakers defense. The Lakers only had no one who could stay, something that was most true since James went down.
The Lakers have to go back to the drawing board while looking for ways to win without their king as they make a pit stop at home to host James' old Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. Their normal slow Sunday starts off, it seems almost impossible for this attempt to get worse than their Friday.
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