|Last 5 Games||0-5||-4||0-4||1-4||101.4||51.8||42.7%||43.2||117.2||57.2||51.8%||59.6|
|Team Stats (All Games)||102.6||51.3||38-85||44.8%||9-25||38.0%||17-22||75.7%||49||9||24||20||7||15||5|
|vs opponents surrendering||100.8||50.4||38-83||45.3%||8-21||35.9%||18-24||75.7%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||101.2||52.1||37-85||43.6%||9-24||38.6%||17-23||75.2%||49||10||23||20||7||15||5|
|Stats Against (All Games)||109.4||55.3||42-90||46.8%||8-22||36.2%||17-24||72.7%||58||13||26||19||10||14||5|
|vs opponents averaging||101.7||51||38-83||45.6%||8-22||36.0%||18-24||75.7%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||110.8||57.3||42-90||47.1%||8-22||37.2%||18-25||71.5%||60||14||26||20||10||14||5|
|Last 5 Games||1-4||-3||2-3||3-2||95.6||47.2||45.3%||47.4||106.6||51.8||49.5%||48.2|
|Team Stats (All Games)||94.4||46.0||36-81||44.2%||7-19||34.6%||16-22||74.6%||49||11||20||21||7||14||4|
|vs opponents surrendering||101.2||50.6||38-83||45.3%||8-21||35.8%||18-24||75.6%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||96.6||49.0||36-80||45.3%||6-19||34.5%||17-23||76.2%||49||10||19||20||6||13||4|
|Stats Against (All Games)||101.6||49.7||38-81||47.3%||7-19||37.7%||18-23||77.2%||49||10||22||20||7||12||5|
|vs opponents averaging||102||51.1||38-83||45.7%||8-22||36.3%||18-24||75.9%||51||11||22||21||8||14||5|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||100.0||49.3||37-81||45.9%||7-20||35.5%||18-23||78.2%||49||10||20||20||7||11||4|
|Average power rating of opponents played: LA LAKERS 96.3, UTAH 96.1|
|3/13/2014||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||102-131||L||17||L||225||O||37-94||39.4%||48||14||45-89||50.6%||65||17|
|3/14/2014||@ SAN ANTONIO||85-119||L||17.5||L||225||U||31-91||34.1%||50||9||48-98||49.0%||69||15|
|4/6/2014||@ LA CLIPPERS||97-120||L||15.5||L||224.5||U||36-86||41.9%||42||14||47-83||56.6%||59||16|
|4/14/2014||@ UTAH|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2014||@ SAN ANTONIO|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|3/7/2014||@ NEW YORK||81-108||L||7||L||196.5||U||30-73||41.1%||54||19||42-85||49.4%||43||7|
|3/16/2014||@ SAN ANTONIO||104-122||L||15||L||200||O||42-91||46.2%||47||8||49-78||62.8%||42||12|
|3/28/2014||@ NEW ORLEANS||95-102||L||7||T||196||O||33-68||48.5%||42||18||36-71||50.7%||41||13|
|3/30/2014||@ OKLAHOMA CITY||96-116||L||15||L||202.5||O||36-86||41.9%||48||14||41-74||55.4%||44||12|
|4/6/2014||@ GOLDEN STATE||102-130||L||12||L||197||O||39-86||45.3%||46||12||52-90||57.8%||47||16|
|4/14/2014||LA LAKERS|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|4/16/2014||@ MINNESOTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || || || |
|LA LAKERS: GUARDS: KOBE BRYANT is 35 and coming off a ruptured Achilles. Even if he is ready for the season opener (as expected), Achilles injuries have drained the athleticism out of younger men . . . STEVE NASH enters the year healthy, but the training staff has discussed a minutes cap for the 39-year-old point guard . . . NICK YOUNG could grab that other starting wing spot, opposite his boyhood idol. How those two gunners could co-exist is something we'd love to see . . . STEVE BLAKE looked good in this offense last season, but is strictly a back-up . . . JODIE MEEKS might shoot his way into a much bigger role this season . . . XAVIER HENRY will need to prove a lot to earn himself minutes . . . What are you complaining about, Lakers fans? You got JORDAN FARMAR back! FORWARDS: PAU GASOL should benefit from the departure of Dwight Howard, who never bought into head coach Mike D'Antoni's offense or even tried to mesh with Gasol. D'Antoni's up-tempo, Euro-style system is perfectly suited to Gasol's strengths. And when Nash sits, they can run a lot of sets through their big man . . . WESLEY JOHNSON will have a chance to grab the vacant small forward spot. The former No. 4 overall pick has been a big disappointment through three seasons, but he looked decent as a spot-up shooter last seasons . . . JORDAN HILL will be the first big man off the bench in a thin frontcourt rotation. He can rebound and clean up around the basket a bit . . . ELIAS HARRIS keeps the Gonzaga connection going . . . SHAWNE WILLIAMS has had success for D'Antoni, but he is far removed from his days contributing for the Knicks. CENTERS: CHRIS KAMAN is the consolation prize after Dwight Howard's departure. Yes, it's a monstrous downgrade talent-wise, but as a skilled 7-footer, Kaman at least fits D'Antoni's system better . . . ROBERT SACRE has a chance to develop into a useful back-up center.|
|UTAH: GUARDS: TREY BURKE is a savvy floor general who can shoot, but he's also short and a mediocre athlete (and we've seen how that's worked out for Brandon Knight). He'll step right in at the point, but immediate success is hardly guaranteed . . . ALEC BURKS is locked in at the two. He'll be able to hang in defensively, and he's a decent ball-handler and passer. His shaky jumper is an issue . . . BRANDON RUSH returns from an ACL tear and could emerge as the sixth man . . . JOHN LUCAS III is here as a Plan B at the point and to help mentor Burke a bit . . . IAN CLARK won't see a lot of action as a rookie, but he can play either guard spot. FORWARDS: DERRICK FAVORS will run into foul trouble, but he will be a nightly double-double threat and rim protector . . . GORDON HAYWARD becomes Utah's No. 1 option on offense. He'll struggle to create his own shot with defenses focusing on him, but he is a knock-down, three-point shooter who's improving off the dribble . . . MARVIN WILLIAMS is coming off heel surgery and will miss at least the first month of the season. He's not a part of Utah's long-term plans, but will likely see minutes due to the team's lack of depth . . . RICHARD JEFFERSON is a player/coach at this point in his career . . . JEREMY EVANS will be brainstorming for the dunk contest. CENTERS: ENES KANTER is a major upgrade over Al Jefferson as a defender and in the team concept on offense. He immediately becomes one of the league's better starting centers . . . ANDRIS BIEDRINS at least has a chance to reestablish himself as a capable back-up . . . RUDY GOBERT has freakish size, but he's a major project who is nowhere near ready to contribute.|
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO BASKETBALL PREVIEW (LA LAKERS-UTAH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Lakers-Jazz Preview* =====================
By ELI KABERON STATS Writer
Los Angeles (25-54) at Utah (24-56), 9:00 p.m. EDT
As the NBA's top teams battle for playoff positioning over last few days of the regular season, the league's bottom feeders are in a race for ping pong balls.
The two worst teams in the Western Conference suit up Monday night when the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz face each other with only pride and draft lottery status on the line.
The Jazz (24-56), who are out of the playoffs for the third consecutive season, are closing 2013-14 as poorly as they started it. Since March 10, Utah has been outscored by 11.6 points per game while going 2-15. The only equally poor stretch this season for the Jazz came at the beginning of the season when they opened 1-14.
"This year obviously hasn't been the best year for any of us, the amount of losses that we experienced," said rookie point guard Trey Burke. "I think the future is bright. We've showed flashes of what can be. We're competing in every single game. It's not like we're out there for 48 minutes not competing."
Despite the poor record, Burke and a few other young players have given the Jazz a solid foundation to build on. Over the last two games, Utah has started Burke, Alec Burks, Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward, all of whom are 24 or younger.
The entire group is slated to return for the Jazz next season, although Hayward will be a restricted free agent at season's end.
In the two games, that lineup has averaged 77.5 points, a major boost over the 61.5 points per game the starting five was putting up over the first 78 games.
"They're getting better as they get used to each other on the floor," coach Tyrone Corbin said of the group following Saturday's 101-94 loss to Denver. "Understanding time and floor situations, understanding when to foul and when not to foul and taking advantage of second shot opportunities rebounding-wise."
The Lakers (25-55) also are set to close the book on one of the worst campaigns in the franchise's celebrated history, having already set a mark for losses in a single season.
Los Angeles dropped its seventh straight Sunday night with a 102-90 home loss to Memphis. A defeat against the Jazz will mark the Lakers' longest losing streak since they dropped eight in a row from March 14-27, 2005.
"It's been real tough, for everybody. Nobody is thrilled with what has happened," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "Me, along with everyone else in the dressing room, we don't feel good about it."
The Lakers will close the season without center Pau Gasol, who was officially ruled out of the final two games because of vertigo. Gasol has played only once since March 25.
The Jazz have won two of three meetings with Los Angeles this season, including a 105-103 victory in Salt Lake City on Dec. 27. The Lakers have now lost three in a row there.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 11:51:58 AM EST|