The Los Angeles Lakers' preseason struggles continued against the Utah Jazz as they dropped another one in a 119-86 loss. The Lakers' offense was brutal again, settling for long-two's they were unable to connect on. Kobe Bryant scored a game-high 27 points on 23 field goal attempts, looking crisp after having a tough outing against the Warriors. Gordon Hayward led the Jazz with 16 points.
There weren't many positive take aways besides Kobe Bryant, which has been a pretty consistent theme through four preseason games. Julius Randle had a few nice plays on offense, but seemed to have his night cut short after he went back to the locker room with head trainer Gary Vitti in the second quarter. The Lakers claim Randle was getting blisters on his feet re-taped, but he sat out the remainder of the game, which seems like an odd precaution for the ailment he was suffering.
The Lakers' defense was disorganized yet again, which can be summed up in about one play:
Los Angeles allowed Utah to shoot 51 percent from the floor while connecting on 44 percent of their three-point attempts. The Lakers attempted just five shots from beyond the arc, again missing all of their long-range attempts. That's two straight games without a three-pointer for Los Angeles.
There was little progress for the Lakers in this game. Ronnie Price tried his best to fill in as starting point guard, but even his solid eight-point, two-steal performance was marred by an ugly five turnovers.
The Lakers get another crack at the Jazz on Oct. 19, and hopefully we'll see more progress out of them than they showed in their two games against the Warriors.