Members of the Los Angeles Lakers went to a Utah escape room on Thursday night and failed to leave before time runs out. Vivint Smart Home Arena proved to be dangerous for a trap and LA could not escape with a win as they watched all their efforts to effectively offend being suffocated by the Jazz, losing 113-95 to fall to 3-6 since LeBron James hurt.
The Lakers entered Utah in a two-game winning series and seemed to have found strategies for some success without James, but Friday's loss showed why they need their star. The Jazz did a great job stifling the other LA options, wearing the Lakers jerseys all night and taking advantage of the absence of James to play a one on one defense on a rope across the floor.
Seriously, the first half was so bad that I lost my head slowly and tried to fix the horrible Jack-in-the-Box advertising that always show on Spectrum Sportsnet:
Things went a bit & # 39; better from there, while the Lakers went on 1
The Lakers cut the advantage of the Jazz to only nine points during that short stretch, but then Ball took his fifth foul and the Jazz responded with a 5-0 that culminated in Brandon Ingram (15 points out of 6) -11 shot) lacks an intermediate band of isolation at the third buzz.
Those shooting problems were at the team level. Kyle Kuzma has refreshed, missing all eight of his shots in the first half (and in the top 10 in the general classification) after reaching 41 points in his career two nights ago. Kuzma finished with 11 points and 8 rebounds on 4-18.
The Lakers in the team have pulled 35.3 percent from the field and 18.5 percent from the 3-point range, which does not intend to do so in the 2019 NBA.
To make matters worse, Utah guard Jazz Donovan Mitchell fired 33 points in 24 shots against a Lakers defense. The Lakers had no one who could keep up, something that has been mostly true since James went down.
The Lakers will have to return to the drawing board as they look for ways to win without their king when they make a pit stop back home to host the old James Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday. Their normal slow Sunday starts aside, it seems almost impossible that this attempt may be worse than their Friday.
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