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Game Recap: Lakers Fall To Jazz With Sloppy Play Down The Stretch Reviewed by Momizat on . The Lakers have struggled recently, falling to 13-16 after their recent three game losing streak. Tonight they get an excellent chance to start turning things a The Lakers have struggled recently, falling to 13-16 after their recent three game losing streak. Tonight they get an excellent chance to start turning things a Rating: 0
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Game Recap: Lakers Fall To Jazz With Sloppy Play Down The Stretch

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Chris KamanThe Lakers have struggled recently, falling to 13-16 after their recent three game losing streak. Tonight they get an excellent chance to start turning things around as they head to Utah to take on the Jazz who currently have the second worst record in the NBA.

The Lakers will be without Pau Gasol due to a respiratory infection and will need a full team effort if they plan on picking up a victory tonight as the Jazz play hard every single night.

First Quarter

The Lakers got off to a quick start thanks to six early points from Chris Kaman and a couple of threes by Farmar and Meeks. Turnovers and offensive rebounds allowed the Jazz to get off to a nice start offensively as they attacked the basket early. Derrick Favors grabbed three early offensive rebounds, but an excellent backdoor layup by Meeks would give the Lakers a two point lead midway through the quarter. Nick Young would enter the game and immediately hit Kaman on a beautiful lob pass. Both teams with some ugly possessions and turnovers, but Farmar’s five straight points would keep the Lakers on top by a point. The Lakers had some struggles at the free throw line near the end of the quarter, and an offensive rebound and layup by Enes Kanter would give the Jazz a 25-23 lead after the first.

Second Quarter

Xavier Henry came out in attack mode to start the second with a couple of layups, but the Lakers failure to limit the Jazz to one opportunity continually hurt them as Jeremy Evans grabbed multiple offensive rebounds for the Jazz. Nick Young continued his great play of late with a three point play and an absolutely ferocious jam over former slam dunk champion Jeremy Evans that is sure to be on every highlight reel tonight. Henry would follow that with a three pointer and Kaman with a beautiful fadeaway to give the Lakers a four point lead. Chris Kaman continued his excellent play in the first half as he and Farmar worked the pick and roll to perfection in the first half. The Lakers got the Jazz in the penalty and were able to take numerous trips to the free throw line, though the results were mixed as the Lakers missed six free throws in the half. The Jazz would take all of the momentum back at the end of the half thanks to a 9-2 run led by seven straight points by Trey Burke to end the half. The Jazz would lead 55-52 at the end of the half. Chris Kaman lead the way in the first half with 15 points and eight rebounds while Farmar had 12, four rebounds, and 4 assists.

Third Quarter

The Jazz would quickly push their halftime lead to eight thanks to three pointers by Hayward and Burke forcing the Lakers to quickly use a timeout. The two man game of Chris Kaman and Jordan Farmar continued to be the Lakers best form of offense as they quickly cut the lead to four. Nick Young would then take the game over as he scored nine quick points and assisted on another basket as the Lakers would take a three point lead before Gordon Hayward decided to get things going for the Jazz with a couple of quick baskets. Young would commit a couple of turnovers but then get it right back again as he would score 13 points in the third quarter alone. Two late Alec Burks free throws would give the Jazz a two point lead at the end of the quarter.

Fourth Quarter

The two teams traded baskets to start the quarter but the Lakers offense failed them at the start of this quarter. Jordan Hill’s activity was on display as he continued to play excellent defense, grab every rebound near him, and converted a couple of baskets to keep the Lakers close early in the fourth. Young and Henry would hit back-to-back jumpers to cut the Jazz lead to one midway through the fourth but the Lakers failure to rebound the basketball prevented them from taking the lead. A couple free throws and a Hayward fastbreak dunk later and the Jazz were right back up six. The Lakers were dealt a huge blow when Young picked up his sixth foul midway through the quarter with the Lakers down seven. The Lakers would immediately go on a 6-0 run led by Jordan Hill and the Jazz lead would be cut to one. A Hayward basket would push the Jazz up three but Meeks would hit a three pointer to tie the game with only two minutes remaining. The Lakers were on the wrong side of a crucial five point swing in which Meeks would miss a fast break layup and Hayward would hit a three pointer on the other end. A Hayward free throw pushed the Jazz lead to four with one minute left.

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  • Mufugga

  • rik

    Trade pau now while you still can. Possible deals:
    Pau for lin and asik
    Pau,blake,meeks for zbo and conley
    Pau and nash for deng and boozer

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      Those bad deals except for Zbo and Conley which I doubt Memphis will do… A ZBO for Gasol swap will do… how about instead of Boozer… we get Deng and Taj Gibson for Pau and Nash…

      • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

        Taj is a very good low post defender and a very tough physical player, all-husstle, all the time… although not as talented as Boozer offensively, but he makes up for it in effort department. He is like an enforcer, every team needs one, which this lakers team direly need with the departure of MWP.

        • rik

          I like the pau and nash for deng and gibson deal. Gibson is from.
          usc like swaggy p.

        • kobe24

          Lol like chicago will do that. I hear that Bulls are looking for a YOUNG player + a first round pick for deng haha

          • rik

            How bout pau and kaman for deng and gibson

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Pau’s is screaming 19M of salary cap… that’s more than enough to land Chicago a young stud. And Taj contract binds them till 2017, they will consider releasing themselves of that if they go the rebuild route with Rose’ injury.

        • Tubal

          If the Bulls do agree on this then we can ask the Commissioner to start engraving Mitch K’s name as executive of the year since it would be tantamount to a heist. It does not matter if it’s Boozer or Taj its still going to be a noontime robbery.

          • Tubal

            Since the Lakers should be entering reload mode then why not dump Pau to the Nuggets and get NYK’s unprotected 1st round pick for the upcoming draft. A better shot at having Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins learn from the Mamba would be nice.

          • kobe24

            Tubal…why not just get Lebron + Melo + Deng and sign them for vets minimum next year? Be real, Nuggets are not going to trade Pau for their 1st round pick be serious

          • Lakers Fan

            Lmao. It’s ridiculous what trades some of these fans come up with.

          • 3339

            Well Mitch did pull off a gasol for kwame trade

          • Lakers Fan

            Dr. Buss was also at the helm of that trade. No one trusts Jim Buss to do anything of that magnitude.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Entering the draft is not reloading… it’s rebuilding… Lakers have not been going that way since and I doubt if they ever will. I agree with you on Denver as an interesting trade partner for Lakers with Shaw being the coach. Shaw has started integrating the triangle offense but cannot fully implement it without a big who can pass and can command double team on offense.

          • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

            Not really… remember 19M of salary cap… chicago is considering a rebuild mode since Rose’ injury… they want to have maximum cap room at end of this season. That 19M is also Lakers’ biggest asset right now going into the summer. That’s not a heist to me.

  • Speaking The Truth

    Lakers are going to suck for a very long time unless they oust Jim Busst.Lakers are not getting anything in the draft because unless you have a top 5 pick it’s garbage and Lakers will remain a bad team.Lakers best choice in the draft picking at number 12-14 will result in another role player that can’t be a franchise player.If Lakers pick in top 5 then i would get excited and we could land a franchise player to buiild around.Lakers are going backwards and some fans know Lakers are in deep trouble.Nothing cures a losing record than a coaching firing and a big trade.

    • 3339

      they need a coach firing most of all. If they bring in a better coach that will attract better players. dantoni can’t handle star players and nobody big will want to come here.
      Buss isn’t going anywhere, hopefully he just wises up. All we can do with buss is hope that he wises up.
      If they had hired PJ, Dwight stays and the Lakers have a more attractive team to work with.

      • Speaking The Truth

        Tell ya what man if the Lakers hired a better coach than Mike Brown originally then we would have never been in this position.Lakers should have hired a more capable coach than Mike D’Antoni all i gotta say is Phil Jackson was the obvious choice at the time of the D’Antoni hiring.Nothing bothers Jim Busst so it seems,

        Busst is willing to accept losing and embrace bad coaches also he loves to hire scrubs to play for him.Lakers will end up with the 12th or 13th pick and they will draft some overhyped college kid that will end up needing 3 years to develop into what Xavier Henry is now that is a big waste of time for a team looking to win now.But if the Lakers had tanked and gotten a top 3 pick it would have changed the Lakers franchise forever in the most top heavy draft ever.

        Parker,Embiid,Wiggins,Smart,Exum,Randle all potential franchise players.After that not a lot of pro prospects that will be the next Kobe or Chris Paul or Hakeem Olajuwon.Only Wiggins and Parker are sure locks to be elite NBA players.Embiid is supposedly the next Hakeem Olajuwon the consensus is the Lakers need young top flight talent.Mike D’Antoni needs to be canned soon,it’s disgraceful seeing what he is doing to this franchise.Deliberately ruining the Lakers is all MDA is doing.

        • kobe24

          Hold on man, you are giving no credit to MDA. Tell me what kind of coach would’ve done as well as MDA bringing the best out of all these “busts?”. Now, sometimes I question the rotation of MDA and that cost us probably 2~3 wins or even more but not EVEN phil jackson couldn’t bring their potential out.

          Now, I’m not saying Pringles is better than Phil however we all know that Phil just doesn’t utilize younger players and he likes to use his stars alot (and he was successful no doubt). Personally, I have no problems with MDA going 13-17, obviously isn’t great but this isn’t the “superteam” we had last year that was projected to go 70+ wins, this team is projected 30 or so wins.

          Currently if the NBA ended today the Lakers would get 11th pick, and the rate they are going I can see them top 5 in draft picks end of the season. But I don’t think Lakers should tank just yet.

          Also, YOU CAN’T GET RID OF JIM BUSS HES THE GODDAMN OWNER OF LAKERS, how the hell are you going to oust jim buss? Replace him with Jeannie? Be realistic they are still family, it was even Dr.Jerry Buss’s plan to put Jim as head im sure he saw something in Jim to trust him.

    • hookedonnews

      I don’t know who you think has the power to oust Jim Buss. He’s not the only one involved in decisions. The moves that were made in the offseason have proven to be good ones with the acquisition of Young, Kaman, Johnson, and Williams plus the drafting of Kelly considering the limited cap space that was available at the time.The Lakers will have the cap space in the next few years to pick up some good players. Draft picks don’t guarantee championships. There are those once in a lifetime guys like LeBron and Durant, but it took a while for LeBron to get a championship and Durant still doesn’t have one. It takes more than one great player to win a championship. I don’t know what big trade you have in mind, and I don’t think you’re going to see D’Antoni fired. I think they are looking to free agency to get the players they need.

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