Walker Kessler Opens LA Lakers Game With Two Big Blocks

Feb 14, 2024, 7:27 PM

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Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler (24) grabs a rebound in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2022. The Jazz won 121-100. (Courtesy of Deseret News)

(Courtesy of Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – In the first four minutes of the game against the LA Lakers, Utah Jazz center Walker Kessler rose up for two blocks.

Kessler started by swatting Taurean Prince on a drive to the rim.

Less than a minute later, Lakers All-Star Anthony Davis went at Kessler and got similar treatment.

Davis attempted a floater but Utah’s rising star was able to get a hand on it.

Kessler added two points and two rebounds in his first eight minutes on the floor.

Walker Kessler is currently second in the NBA in blocks per game with 2.8.

LeBron James Out As Jazz Host Lakers

LeBron James will not face the Utah Jazz as the Los Angeles Lakers travel to the Delta Center on the second night of a back-to-back.

The superstar forward has suited up in Utah just once over the last three seasons.

The absence of James opens the window for the Jazz to get a much-needed win over the Lakers as they prepare for the All-Star break.

The Jazz have lost back-to-back games over the Phoenix Suns and the Golden State Warriors after trading Kelly Olynyk, Simone Fontecchio, and Ochai Agbaji at last week’s deadline.

With the losses, the Jazz have fallen to the 11th seed in the West. They sit 1.5 games back of the Golden State Warriors for the final Play-In Tournament spot in the conference.

The Jazz will play the Warriors on Thursday before heading out to All-Star weekend.

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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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Walker Kessler Opens LA Lakers Game With Two Big Blocks