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.

Are you on Threads yet? Let’s connect, give us a follow @kslsports

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.

Want more coverage like Jazz fall to Lakers? Take us with you, wherever you go.

Download the new & improved KSL Sports app from Utah’s sports leader. You can stream live radio, video and stay up to date on all of your favorite teams.

  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

Utah Jazz


Ben Anderson

Utah Jazz Mailbag: Is Keyonte George’s Shooting A Concern?

Welcome to the Utah Jazz mailbag where every week our NBA insiders answer your questions on social media about your favorite team.

8 hours ago

Utah Jazz CEO Danny Ainge...

Ben Anderson

Danny Ainge: Jazz Ready To Go ‘Big Game Hunting’

With the Utah Jazz 2023-24 season complete, CEO Danny Ainge opened up about the team's successes and failures, and its plans for the future.

10 hours ago


Ben Anderson

What Will Utah Jazz Do This Offseason?

Though all eyes will be on the Arizona Coyotes relocation, the Utah Jazz enter an offseason that will help sculpt the organization's future.

1 day ago

: Brice Sensabaugh #8 of the Utah Jazz is guarded by Jonathan Kuminga #00 of the Golden State Warri...

Ben Anderson

Jazz Clinch Eighth-Best Lottery Odds With Loss To Warriors

The Utah Jazz included the season with a 123-116 loss to the Golden State Warriors to lock up the eighth-best odds to win the draft lottery.

2 days ago

Dario Saric #20 of the Golden State Warriors is guarded by Micah Potter #25 of the Utah Jazz...

Ben Anderson

Jazz Lose To Warriors In Season Finale

The Utah Jazz fell to the Golden State Warriors 123-116 to close the 2023-224 season with a record of 31-51. 

2 days ago


Kyle Ireland

Kenneth Lofton Jr. Euro Steps For Bucket Against Warriors

Jazz forward Kenneth Lofton Jr. pulled out a Euro step move before making a basket during Utah’s game against the Golden State Warriors.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles


KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.


KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.


KSL Digital Sales

Notable Moments From The Utah Jazz Season… So Far

At the beginning of the season, the Utah Jazz were second to last. Now they rank in the top 10 teams in the Western Conference.

Jazz Defensive Struggles Continue Against Lakers