I guess you can only have so much fire in one state. While seemingly all of Southern California was covered by smoke and fire, the Lakers seemed to have none. It was one of the most lackluster performances I have seen in quite some time.

Not only were the Lakers careless with the ball, leading to 20 turnovers, but they were outhustled and overpowered on the inside. The Jazz got 20 offensive rebounds leading to 50 total boards. Defensively, the Lakers rotated poorly and gave up a lot of easy buckets. Offensively, they were careless, forced shots (Cook, Kobe, Sasha), and couldn’t run the break effectively.

The game was summed up by a Lakers 4 on 2 fast break led by Kobe which resulted in an out of control turnover and an uncontested dunk on the other end for the Jazz. No hustle, nothing. While it will be hard to talk about the 3 best Lakers, I will do my best:

Top 3 Laker performers:

1) Andrew Bynum in 24 minutes put up 8 points, 8 rebounds, and had 3 blocks. He also saved Cook from an embarrassing lob pass that hit the backboard. Bynum was one of the few Lakers with energy and protected the paint for the Lakers.

 

2) Jordan Farmar continued his great preseason. His 7 assists and finishes on the break were some of the Lakers bright points.

3) Javaris Crittenton played only 13 minutes, but in those 13 minutes he went 5-5 including some impressive work around the basket. Critt does need to work on his defense, as he had trouble staying in front of Jazz guards.

Lakers Smush of the Day (Note: STD denotes the Laker that played the poorest):

I have so many options today for the STD. Vlad shot 1-7, Kobe shot 4-16, Cook was 2-8, Sasha was 2-8. And the winner is…Kobe. I hate giving it to Kobe, but he was forcing up shots all night. He kept trying to draw fouls instead of settling for good shots. Kobe’s 4-16 might have not been that bad if he got some assists. However, Kobe only had 2 assists to go with his 4 turnovers. Good thing it’s preseason!

Key play of the game: Lakers turn the ball over. Jazz dunk 2 seconds later.

What to look for next game:
Look for nothing. The game was canceled due to the fires. However, Friday night vs the Kings should be a fun one. You can catch it on KCAL or TNT at 7 pm.

  • osm0nd

    i’m going to cry myself to sleep after that lackluster performance.

  • ihatejcool

    Well I didn’t see it because I was working…perhaps that was a blessing in disguise.

  • http://hzmdesigns.com hZm

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    Lucky you. It was absolutely disgusting to watch.

  • Steve Avery

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    you mean you missed the 3-19 fg first quarter!?!?!

  • magicbalala245

    man wost preseason game this year so far hope we beat the queens this Friday

  • r3dempti0n

    Anyone find it interesting that Kobe cant be a team player on the Lakers.. but then the 2nd unit does much better without Kobe? It’s starting to look like Kobe is holding the team back.

  • http://mike2008.wordpress.com laker_27

    Phil and the Lakers gotta figure out a better way to run their offense, quickly(less a week before season opener). There’s only one more game left for the Lakers to test their strategies.

    They need to focus 100% on the court. The fire has certainly dazzled them.

  • Steve Avery

    i wouldnt worry bout it too much. look at the lakers under phil historically. in the preseason phil always looses. even with shaq and kobe, they lost badly. in 2 weeks with LO back, if thing dont turn around…then worry

  • Shaq786

    Facilitator:
    Odom>>>>Kobe

    Kobe is trying top be fancy… he cant even play his own game…forget being a faciltator

    i love kobe… but im starting to think, something is up, because his offense is horrible, sloppy dribble, cant hit shots, and his assist are forced

    im convinced that if kobe sat out today… we would have won, no doubt

  • Left

    Pretty bad game tonight, of course, the one I decided to goto. At least our second unit of Farmar and Bynum looks pretty solid.

  • http://www.myspace.com/halloween_oc Viva Vegas

    I’m so glad I didn’t see the game. All that matters right now is that we don’t get a stupid injury before the real games start. We got to stay healthy and injury free to win it all this year. I’m sure Kobe will do his thang once the season starts.

    Jordan Farmar may be the Laker’s hope for the future. He is showing great signs of consistancy.

    Andrew Bynum is definitely much better this year too. I’m waiting to see his hook shot. I want to see him attack the basket much harder. Just to scared them. LOL.

    Odom is under rated. He is as close to Scottie Pippen as you can find. Rebounds, score, pass, … everything.

  • Michael_23

    The Lakers were still experimenting at that game and the Jazz got serious and assembled their starting 5 and played like the playoffs. They got their gameface on in the 1st quarter and the margin was just to large the rest of the game that the Lakers couldn’t keep up.

  • nyla

    Kobe needs to get his head straight and get focused or sit till he gets traded.

    We need Lamar and its showing.

  • http://myspace.com/brittnay678 Brittnay

    That was such a sad game :(

  • http://myspace.com/brittnay678 Brittnay

    very sad, i think the Kobe train might come to an end soon :(

  • fatty

    Steve Avery,

    Good take.

    I kept looking for what is the Lakes purpose out on the court and saw none. What were they practicing on? Even Fish was getting upset.

    OK, my best guess, PJ was trying to hide our real stratagy from the Jazz. That’s it, he’s saving it for when the game really counts. Oh, he’s a clever one. He had me fooled last nite. So fooled, my wife changed the channel to some real dancing. (Mark Cuban got eliminated, yeah!)

  • Fan of the Mamba

    I agree with everyone’s comment. It was the worst game I’ve seen the Lakers play in a long time, preseason or not. Kobe couldn’t shoot straight, couldn’t pass straight, he actually looked really bad this game. Whoever said he needs to get his head straight is right, but what’s wrong with his head? Whatever it is he just needs to play not only harder but smarter. He’s stinking the joint up the last couple of games. However, it just might be the greatest Zen trick of all. Make everybody think we suck and Kobe really sucks cause of how we and he is playing over the last few games and on opening night we mop the floor with the Houston Rockets.

    Yeah! that’s it! LOL!

  • http://myspace.com/awkman einyo

    trade cook…
    mihm sucked!

  • http://myspace.com/lakersdynasty999 Steve Avery

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    Thanks…as for what we are doing. we are doing what phil always does in the preseason, trying new things. run the ball which the triangle has never done. lakers will slow it down once the season starts, but at least this is good for conditioning for the lakers and its good to practice running the break

    and Brittnay–the kobe train isnt going anywhere…at least not till june

  • foxxy

    KOBE !!!! WHATS UP!!!!!

  • ab4sure

    Couldn’t you guys see Kobe talking last night??? “TRADE ME AND DO IT NOW” Also what I saw him say is “Damn my trade value is going down” “Great”!!!!!!!!! “My new team won’t have to give up much now” and “I’m out Baby, I’m OUT”!!!!!

  • MILO

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    Exactly i think Kobe knows what he is doing i dont blame him so we’ll just have to wait and see i hope ARVINCIBLE READS THIS!!!

  • MacBSlick

    Im going to say this again..Its a 15 man team. Luke was out AGAIN! L.O. out. Vlad just sucks 1-7 4 points in 19 mins. Mimh cant play, 3 points in 9 mins. Kwame sucks still and cant give anything at all 3 points and 2 T.O. in 12 mins. Yet according to most of you its all Kobes fault. Kobe was pressing although they were down 24-4 before he started pressing. Its all Kobes fault that guys cant hit wide open shots. Its all kobes fault that he couldnt guard 5 players at one time. Its all Kobes fault because no one was rebounding the damn ball, Utah had 20 offensive rebounds. Its all Kobes fault that Fish had 5 points and couldnt help this team run the Triangle the way it should be run. Its Kobes fault because he doesnt cheer enough.
    Everything that happens with this damn team is Kobes fault. Did he have an awful game? Yes But so did everybody else on this damn team. Maybe Kobe should have scored 50 in a preseason game to make you all happy. No wait you would have said he was to selfish. Maybe a trade is the only way to make you happy right? Some people on this site last night found it so funny we were getting our asses kicked. True Laker Fans right there. Some of you need to get your heads out of your rear ends. Anyone whos watched this team the last 3 years should know by now this is what we get for settling for mediocrity. According to the F.O. were just fine the way we are. We didnt need to make a trade. Lets just stand pat and see what happens…
    I say we just take old yella out back and shoot him it would be best for everyone. I think trading kobe is the only way to stop the stupity.

  • GoBEACH!

    To tell you the truth I think Kobe is playing wack so that the Lakers can trade him. Sad but true…

  • MILO

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    Sad but true! the Lakers (not Kobe) are a f-u-c-k-e-n joke.They can hit shot’s in practice but they just cant perform under preasure.Kobe on the other hand always rises to the ocasion and ends up carrying the team to a win.But sometimes 40 or 50 points from Kobe is not enough to get the win thats why Kobe want’s out…

  • GoBEACH!

    Yo I’m a kobe fan, but damn he needs to suck it up be a leader and stop the complaining! The front office also has to step up and either squash the beef, get some help or trade him! Stop all this drama, and just play ball! daaaaayum.

  • fatty

    GoBeach

    I agree.

  • osm0nd

    We need to sloooooow things down. The Lakers were the 5th highest scoring team last year so there’s no need to try to “run and gun.” DEFENSE, DEFENSE, DEFENSE.

  • pr0mega

    Are you guys seriously over analyzing this thing? It’s another preseason game. Whats the fuss about? Like someone already said, PJ tried new things in the preseason and you can obviously tell. Never look at the scoreboard in the preseason or you’ll be extremely upset most of the time. No one really cares. Look at the Cavs or the Suns… Records and scores and minutes and points and turnovers etc. in the preseason mean absolutely nothing. Lets all take a breath and wait for Houston to come. Thank you.

  • lakerfan81

    Everyone was bad last night. Maybe everyone was worrying about their house burning down or something. From what I saw only two players looked like they were even trying. Bynum (who from what I saw looked pretty good) and Ronny was Ronny. Other than that, it was like they were just there getting their paycheck. Lackluster is the correct way to phrase it.

    From the little I’ve seen in the preseason (I don’t live in LA so I can only watch the games that are nationally televised), the lakers suck at rebounding. I know they are missing Odom who is there best rebounder is out but if this problem continues throughout the season its going to be a long one.

  • MILO

    No, im f-u-c-k-e-n tired of all the lame a$$ excuses!Golden State picked up right where they left of last year.They certainly gave it to the Lakers, that’s because they have a good team not a fucken mediocre one like the Lakers so i expect alot of moves from Buss and B!tch…

  • GoBEACH!

    I see you “fatty!”

    But yeah is it just me or does it seem like Kobester isn’t taking things seriously on the court these days… hmmmm… ??

  • Lonestar848

    Utah actually played some really hard nosed defense…first time the Lakers have seen that…they looked very intimidated and Kobe started pressing.
    They looked bad and depressing but we definitely needed Lamar who can create shots for himself and others.
    Also Luke is highly underrated as a facilitator. Radman was pretty much nonexistent and it hurt the Lakers.