The Los Angeles Lakers play their last road game of February when they pay a visit to the Utah Jazz. Utah made a big shift in personnel by trading away Enes Kanter to create a place for Rudy Gobert, and this team continues to peel apart it's roster while they figure things out.
Dante Exum has fully taken over starting duties, putting Trey Burke into an off-the-bench role, but Burke is still getting more playing time than his rookie teammate. The Jazz are still shuffling the deck a bit, but Gordon Hayward continues to prove he's the real deal. Hayward's enjoying a bounce-back season under Quin Snyder, putting up a career-high 19.6 points per game. What's more impressive, though, is he's brought his three-pointing shooting percentage up nearly nine points, back to a respectable 39 percent.
The Lakers don't have the kind of talent to match even the Jazz, who are fresh off two big victories against the San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers. Utah's gone 2-0 since basketball returned from it's All-Star hiatus, and a game against the Lakers could keep their momentum rolling. Los Angeles will be without Ronnie Price, noted Bryon Scott leader of men, for the remainder of the season. This paves a path for both Jordan Clarkson and Jeremy Lin to split backcourt minutes in harmony.
Enjoy the game, but not so much that both Kobe Bryant and Byron Scott scold you for it.
Time: 6 p.m. PT