Lakers Poor Defense Leads To Loss To Jazz In Utah

Lakers Poor Defense Leads To Loss To Jazz In Utah


Did the Lakers start a winning streak? The Lakers smashed the Pistons last Sunday night, 108-79, but Detroit is looked as one of the more worse teams in the league.

How did they fare on the road against a decent team like Utah, a squad that made the playoffs last season in a tough Western Conference? Let’s check the recap, ladies and fellas.


The Lakers looked all out of sorts to start the quarter. Once in a while, you’d get good activity from them like this…

But then Paul Millsap was outhustling the entire Laker team. He had five early rebounds and was routinely battling Dwight Howard.

The Lakers never seemed to get it going and while we all thought Metta World Peace was going to be the “back-up 2”, the line-up we saw was Darius Morris, Devin Ebanks, Antawn Jamison, Jordan Hill, and Pau Gasol. I am baffled. Not surprisingly, they couldn’t get anything going on with that offensive force of a line-up. The offense was certainly offensive.

L.A. had five turnovers in the first quarter and shot a fantastic 25 percent. The Jazz led after 1, 25-17.


The Lakers continued to look, well, lethargic. It was so bad that even guys like Alec Burks was getting an offensive foul call out of Kobe.

The Jazz went on an 18-5 run that started in the first quarter. But the Lakers started slowly chipping away. Kobe got it going a little bit and, including a Steve Blake 3, L.A. was somehow able to cut the lead down to 8 points. We needed to see more of this action.

The Jazz led at halftime, 51-41. The Lakers shot a not-so-accurate 34 percent, but at least, it improved…? The Jazz were killing the Lakers in points in the paint, 28-16. You know, the Lakers that have trees like Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, and Jordan Hill.


The Lakers once again resumed their terrible ways… but, at least, Howard did this…

It was really ugly in the first half of the third quarter. They scored a total of six points in the first six minutes and Kobe scored the last basket with 6:03 left in the third. The fans think they have the solution.

Well, the Lakers seemed to have a little more energy on both sides. They finally got on a 9-0 run, punctuated by a three-pointer by Steve Blake. With renewed energy, the Laker cut the lead down to 60-56.

However, a three-point play by Marvin Williams stopped the Laker momentum. The Jazz were able to hold off the Laker rally and were up after 3, 65-57.


The Lakers did their best to hang in there. Darius Morris and Dwight Howard made three-point plays. They were able to cut the lead down to five.

And then Randy Foye made three straight three-pointers to put the lead up to 11. After that, the Lakers seemed to have just settled on trading baskets with the Jazz. The energy that they had at the end of the third and the start of the fourth? Gone. It’s like they went back to sleep again. Poor rotations. Lack of effort. Lackluster energy. They couldn’t make the open shots. Whether it’s from the field or from the line.

I think they need Jordan Farmar and Sasha Vujacic at this point (don’t listen to me).

In the end, the Lakers didn’t have enough, falling to the Jazz 95-86.

POINTS: Kobe Bryant, 29
REBOUNDS: Jordan Hill, 12
ASSISTS: Kobe Bryant, 4
STEALS: Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, 3
BLOCKS: Dwight Howard, 2

  • nastyloo

    dont know whats worse, having direct tv or having mike brown as a his ass!

  • Raffaele D’Abrusco

    This is very bad. Why isn’t Brown playing Meeks and Jamison on a consistent basis? Are they that bad?

    • Terrence

      It’s because their in the wrong offense.

  • kross

    5 games into the season and it’s time for a coaching change!

  • Dynasty

    After 1 month of training camp, lots of 2-a-days, 8 preseason games (all losses), 5 games into the season (1-4) — if at this point, the players are still struggling to know the system, then it’s not the players, especially when you have smart, talented players on this team…it’s the damn %#@# system, it’s the training, it’s the coaching staff starting with Brown — FIRE MIKE BROWN AND THE STAFF! Message to Kobe .. I don’t want to say it but it’s dumb if you don’t want a playing style that takes advantage of the proven talents of players like Nash, Dwight, Antawn, Pau,…so I just said it … the Princeton Offense ain’t working … the team is so slow and predictable … that’s why you’re committing so many turnovers and LOSING!


      It’s not Brown’s fault that some players are slow and predictable… that’s a talent or personal problem, meaning they don’t have the right or optimal talent for this offense… It would then be up to the coach or administration to recognize the short comings and make adjustments, one way or another.


    Gasol Gasol Gasol… I’m gonna say it again and again… he does
    not have the drive or necessary wherewithal to make an impact… his presence on
    the court produces a lot more for the opposition, than what he brings or
    produces for the Lakers…
    It is clear how once upon a time, he brought a very positive
    presence to the Lakers cause… but now it is glaring how he brings just the opposite…
    the guy has no heart or freakin cojones to make a difference.