Jazz never ceases to amaze. Facing the Lakers who finally seemed to start their season, with two straight victories, Will Hardy’s men signed another convincing victory (116-130) thanks to a new battle of the boss signed by Lauri Markkanen. Without complications, this remodeled team from Utah remains on its conference podium after ten games!
The visitors quickly made it clear to their opponents that they had come to Los Angeles to score points. Twelve minutes later, they were up 40 (34-40) and continued their offensive efforts to return to the locker room with… 75 points scored (62-75).
Overwhelmed on defense and leading by 16 points at the start of the third period, the locals reacted 26-12 in this period, to wake up the Crypto.com Arena. A great sequence to get back to just two possessions before the final quarter (95-100).
Unfortunately for them, these good intentions in the game were quickly swept away by opposing strike forces, and especially a lack of investment in defence. The Lakers never had a problem scoring runs. On the other hand, when it became necessary to stop the holders on the opposite side… As a result, Mike Conley and the rest of the Jazz veterans opened their basketball in the final minutes to preserve the ten point difference and allow their team to impose effortlessly.
WHAT YOU SHOULD REMEMBER
– Three times less throws. To push itself by shooting three times less throws than its opponent, the Jazz just proved it was possible. Utah’s players finished with only ten attempts at the penalty line but they were able to make a greater volume of shots than the Lakers, especially from 3-pointers. They fired twenty more shots than their opponents, which explains their 130 points in the final table.
– Jazz is still on the podium! Who would have thought the Jazz would be on top of the West after ten games? Certainly not Danny Ainge… With seven wins in ten games, the Salt Lake City franchise remains the biggest surprise to start the season. To see if it can maintain the rhythm with “back-to-back” coming against the Clippers then against the same Lakers, before a first “road trip” in the East (Hawks, Wizards, Sixers).
✅ Lauri Markkanen. Neither Anthony Davis’ size nor LeBron James’ physique got in the way of him having another great night. Author of a big start in the match near the circle, the Finn is content to shoot in the corners at 3-point in the next three quarters. With more or less success. It was his fifth double-double of the year.
✅ Russell Westbrook. New match on the bench for the former MVP and new excellent performance. The best since the beginning of the season. The point guard once again played at the right tempo and was able to accelerate to the circle or find his partners, especially Anthony Davis, when needed. Downside to his good outing, was a defensive investment that was less toned down than his start to the season.
⛔ The Lakers Defense. The look of frustration from Darvin Ham, when time-outed, after another penetration by Jordan Clarkson a minute from the end spoke volumes. His team does not know how to contain this Jazz. Especially his penetrations. The Jazz scored 64 points on the racket of the Lakers who could not handle the first dribbles of the opposing “drive” and helped. This bleak picture for the Lakers, but still applied to the defense since the beginning of the season (3rd in “defensive rating” with 106 points per game out of 100 possessions before this game), has to do with entire team, including its three stars.
MVPs! FOR… RUSSELL WESTROOK!
Lakers (2-6) : Cavs reception, Sunday.
Jazz (7-3) : trip to the Clippers, Sunday.