The Los Angeles Lakers were put to sleep by the Utah Jazz in a 86-74 loss, narrowly avoiding a new franchise-low for least points scored in a game. It was a sleepy Sunday game, led by Gordon Hayward's 25 points for Utah. Notable items are hard to find in this middle-of-January game of hoops.
The Lakers scored just 30 points through the first half, looking lost as they tried to play without Kobe Bryant, D'Angelo Russell and Brandon Bass. Anthony Brown, Metta World Peace and Marcelo Huertas filled out the extra minutes available with team down to 10 available players, and this looked like a group that hardly knew how to play together.
Los Angeles shot just 14.3 percent from three-point range and 32.6 percent as a whole, stagnant across the board. The Jazz weren't playing much better, allowing the Lakers to keep within single-digits late in the game despite the terrible outing. Jordan Clarkson and Lou Williams scored a team high 18 points, shooting a collective 11-of-36 with Jordan Clarkson.
There's not much to take from this game aside from it being a clear sign of how far the bench is from being competitive together. Miscommunication on offense and defense plagued groups of players that never play actual minutes together, and the two players that control the flow of the game were sorely missed. Anthony Davis and the New Orleans Pelicans visit the Lakers on Tuesday, and hopefully some of these bumps and bruises that left them shorthanded and completely outmatched against Utah subside.