Report card: Utah Jazz lose preseason battle against L.A. Lakers (6 items)
The Utah Jazz fell to the L.A. Lakers 108-94 on Tuesday night at the Staples Center. Despite a 9-0 run to start the game, the Jazz allowed the Lakers to exploit every visible weakness in their game plan in Tuesday's loss.
The Jazz looked fresh and upbeat as they scored several points in transition to start the game, and they held strong throughout the first quarter, capturing a 26-18 lead. That lead quickly diminished as the Lakers outscored the Jazz 33-19 in the second quarter and maintained the lead throughout the rest of the game.
Despite strong efforts from Gordon Hayward and Alec Burks, the Jazz lacked in half-court offensive execution and shot poorly from the free-throw line. Ultimately, this game came down to experience, and the Jazz were outplayed, outhustled and outcoached. Now let's examine and attach a letter grade to the guards, forwards, centers, coaches, referees and overall Lakers team.
Bobby Macey is a social media guru and marketing/PR specialist by day. By night, he's a writer for Deseretnews.com covering the Utah Jazz. Follow him on Twitter @Bobmacey and @utjazznation
1 of 6. Jazz guards are aggressive
2 of 6. Gordon Hayward takes place as leader
3 of 6. Jazz centers need 'go-to' moves
Favors showed some promising athleticism on the defensive end of the court but much like Kanter, he does not have a "go-to" move, and it's causing confusion in the paint. Despite the starters' best efforts, it was Brian Cook who gave a good name to the Jazz centers Tuesday as he added 18 points coming off the bench.
4 of 6. Ty Corbin and coaching staff let Jazz lose for experience
Coach Ty Corbin benched his starters despite it being a one possession game with under five minutes left in the fourth quarter. He played his cards and chose to play Rudy Gobert and other young players all in the name of experience. Even Jazz broadcaster and former player Matt Harpring commented on Corbin's game decisions down the stretch by inferring that Corbin didn't care to win the game but would rather that the young guys gain some good experience.
5 of 6. The referees show no bias