UTAH JAZZ

Jazz Defensive Struggles Continue Against Lakers

Feb 14, 2024, 9:30 PM | Updated: Feb 15, 2024, 10:42 am

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Jazz fell to the Los Angeles Lakers at home for their sixth loss in eight games.

The Jazz looked helpless on defense as Los Angeles got more or less exactly what they wanted in their second trip to Salt Lake City this season.

Utah is winless (0-3) since the trade deadline.

Where’s The Defense?

It was a nightmare combination of hot shooting from LA and poor defense from Utah on Wednesday.

The Lakers shot a blistering hot 57.3% from the floor and 46.2% from deep in Delta Center. 80 of their 138 points came either in the paint or at the free-throw line.

Rui Hachimura and Anthony Davis carried the offensive load for LA. Davis scored 39 and Hachimura added 36.

The Jazz lacked on-ball pressure, only forcing eight Laker turnovers.

All-Around Scoring

Six Jazzmen reached double figures against the Lakers.

However, the Jazz were possibly unselfish to a fault. Utah’s best players didnt have the ball in their hands as much as some would hope.

This specifically applies to Lauri Markkanen.

Going into the fourth quarter down by 16, Markkanen had just 13 points on 10 shot attempts.

Utah threw up 39 three-point attempts against LA and shot 33.3%.

Second Half Struggles

After trailing by just one at halftime, Utah got outscored by 15 in the third.

The Utah Jazz are just 4-25 when trailing after three quarters.

The third quarter has been rough for the Jazz all season long. They get outscored in the third over 52% of the time and rank 22nd in the league in third-quarter field goal percentage.

With momentum on their side, the Lakers opened the lead to 20 in the fourth and didnt look back.

The Jazz will play the Warriors on Thursday before enjoying six days off for All-Star Weekend in Indianapolis.

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Chandler Holt is a co-host for the Jazz Notes podcast and a Digital Sports Producer for KSLSports.com, specializing in all things basketball and football. Follow Chandler on Twitter @ChandlerHoltKSL or on Threads @chandlerho1t.

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