TLN’s Game Report: Lakers vs. Jazz

Lakers Jazz BasketballThe (16-3) Lakers host the (12-8) Utah Jazz tonight at the Staples Center. Their first of the three game season series against the team the Purple and Gold dismissed in the opening round of the 2008-2009 NBA Playoffs.

This is a big week for the Jazz, one that sees them face the Spurs, the Lakers twice and the Orlando Magic. Utah beat the San Antonio on Monday, which helped them win the season series against the Spurs. The healthy tandem of All-Star point guard Deron Williams & Carlos Boozer has led the resurgence for the Jazz.; they’ve won five of their last six games.

However, the Jazz have a 53-93 all-time record against the Los Angeles Lakers. To be exact, they’re 38-35 at home; their record away from Salt Lake City is 15-58. More importantly they’re 3-16 at Staples Center or should I say their personal house of horrors.

Carlos Boozer is leading the Jazz in scoring, averaging 21.3 points per game, although he logged an impressive 35 point and 13 rebound night on December 4th against the Pacers. It was the third time in his career that he has achieved that level of performance in both categories, there are only two players in the history of the franchise the have put up those type of numbers more frequently, Truck Robinson did it 5 time & Karl Malone 60 times.

Utah has been up and down all year, an enigma if you will. Their a  team that can play well one night and turn a 50-36 second quarter lead against the Timberwolves into a loss the next. The Jazz are a team that will compete but just don’t match up, the Lakers have been their worse nightmare.

Utah happens to be playing Los Angeles at the wrong time for them. The Purple and Gold are playing very well, they are 13-2 at home and currently on a 9-game winning streak reaching 100 points in each game with no end in sight. The size and length of Pau Gasol & Andrew Bynum has and will continue to outscore, acquire more rebounds and silent stifle the Jazz.

Kobe Bryant, in this writer’s opinion is the league MVP again, averaging 28.9 points per game and to describe what he’s done in two words; I would have to say that he has ‘consistently dominated’ and has made impressive performances a routine act. The Jazz are a team that lacks leadership, defensive toughness, a shot blocker and at times focus.

We’ve reached the one quarter mark of the season and the Lakers are the best team in the league; one of the teams that are surging in concert with improving on a daily basis. The Lakers defense in continuously improving and playing better against the screen and roll play which they’ll face tonight.

The Jazz are a team that executes well in the half-court offense, Deron Williams is averaging 18.9 points & 9.9 assists per game. The combination of Derek Fisher and Shannon Brown will have to stay in front of him and limit the dribble penetration.

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: FS West (Joel Myers & “Hot” Rod Hundley)
  • Utah: FSN Utah (Craig Bolerjack & Ron Boone)

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: 710 ESPN (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Utah: 1320 AM KFAN (David Locke, David James & Patrick Kinehan)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Luke Walton (Back)
  • D.J. Mbenga (Sprained Ankle)

Jazz:

  • Andrei Kirilenko (Back)
  • Ronnie Price (Foot)
  • Kyle Korver (Knee)
  • Matt Harpring (Knee & Ankle – Season, possibly career over for veteran forward)
Jeff Little is the pre-game writer for LakerNation.com. Follow him on Twitter.
  • Short Dog

    Can’t wait. The jazz will get dropped.

  • Kobe Forever

    The Lakers will dominate the jazz and win their 10th straight.
    Lakers 112 Jazz 87

  • Captain Irony

    SPELING AND GRAMER!

    • 007

      I agree. Many of the articles have been filled with grammar and spelling mistakes! Proofread much?

      • abc

        I don’t think it’s a matter of proofreading as much as it’s a matter of taking high school English over again. This has been going on consistently. A little punctuation, maybe? It’s like cracking a code, reading these articles. I appreciate them taking the time, but brush up on your basics before referring to yourself as “This writer…”

        By the way: There, their, and they’re have different meanings.

  • WifelovesLuke

    The Jazz having a half court style of offense just fits right into the Lakers strength. If LA dominates the boards, this should be win # 10 in a row. Watch how the length of Pau frustrates Boozer.

    1-2-3 Ring!!!

  • daboss1848

    Mychal Thompson is out . . . Luke will be doing color commentary on radio

    • WifelovesLuke

      My wife will be listening for the next two games. lol

  • FERN DOG

    Lakers all the way jazz will get knocked out tonight.LAKERS1

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  • http://lakersnation.com Aaron2416377

    Damn, STU LANTZ IS NOT THERE

  • LAKERS#1

    do u guys know a website where i can watch the game

    • http://lakersnation.com Aaron2416377

      ATDHE.NET

  • http://57.amklac laffs atu

    the ball hog/cheater needs to jack-up more gunner shots…the jazz seem well rounded and coached.

    • kobe-wan kenobi

      kobe just fukked you in the ass you little biatch
      stop moaning
      and get outta here

    • Short Dog

      I knew you were a hater. You and the jazz are a joke.

      • Eric Dog

        You are a joke little one!

    • TOUCHING_MYSELF

      all of that being well rounded and well coached got the jazz a L in the loss column… so much for that being the consolation! i definitely agree that they are both of those things, but that don’t amount to anything against a far superior team like the Lakers!

      GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Short Dog

    Hoe- stay off my nuts homo.