The Los Angeles Lakers forced overtime, but they couldn't come up with their first preseason win as the Utah Jazz finished their exhibition sweep of the purple and gold. The Lakers drop their second preseason game in a tight 117-114 loss.
The franchise and entire fanbase was put through a frightening moment in the first quarter as the No. 2 pick hit the deck. D'Angelo Russell went up to challenge Rudy Gobert under the rim and fell hard on his back. Russell had to be helped off the court by his teammates, and the initial word coming from the training staff is he suffered a bruised glute in the fall. The training staff decided to hold D'Angelo out for the remainder of the game, though he wanted to return. The injury is not expected to limit him going forward.
Julius Randle looked much better in his second outing, putting together a solid line with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. His work defensively was impressive as he dug down extending out to the perimeter and looked comfortable using his size and mobility to his advantage. On the note of defense, Metta World Peace helped lead a defensive charge in the second quarter that brought the Lakers back to life after being down by as many as 19 points in the first half.
Kobe Bryant worked longer than Game 1 of preseason, clocking just under 21 minutes. He had a few dazzling passes to help facilitate and create for the offense and looked much more crisp from the field. Bryant finished the night with 13 points (five-of-nine shooting) and three assists.
Roy Hibbert played big minutes (32:13 total) and was everywhere for the Lakers. He logged a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds, grinding out the Jazz around the paint whether he was jostling for a rebound or diving to the rim. Roy also was on the receiving end of a cheap shot that ended with Trevor Booker being ejected for slapping the former All-Star. Hibbert's play in the fourth quarter was a big factor in the Lakers having a shot in overtime, but the bench unit after regulation ended couldn't close it out.
The Lakers won't have long to recover from their Hawaiian getaway, heading back to California on Wednesday before their third preseason game on Thursday in Ontario, California.