Lakers Beat the Jazz on Black Friday
By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
On Black Friday while some those Los Angeles Lakers fans doing their early Christmas shopping, the Lakers welcomed the Utah Jazz into the Staples Center. The Lakers were coming off the road trip that had them playing both teams in Florida and the Cavaliers on the way home. Though they dropped their first game of the road trip the Orlando Magic, LeBron put up 32 points on the Cleveland Cavaliers and followed that game up with 51 points against the Miami Heat, ending the road trip with two consecutive wins.
The underachieving Utah Jazz came into this game under .500 and having lost 2 of their 3 games. Rudy Gubert may have summed things up best for the Jazz by stating that, “they may have forgotten what got them there.” “When they play with a chip on their shoulder, we are at our best.” So far this season we haven’t seen the best out of the Jazz.
The Jazz was able to hold the Lakers to the worst assist game yet the season, as the total 10 assists for the game. “Some it was, Utah is a very good defensive team and some of us playing somewhat selfish basketball,” Luke emphatically states in his postgame press conference.
The Lakers out rebounded the Jazz 47 to 41 in this game, while holding the Jazz to below 39% percent shooting in this post-Thanksgiving Day matchup. When asked which numbers he was most impressed with Luke stated, “They’re both impressive; those are two of the main things we’ve been talking about all season.”
Though the Laker gave the following game away to the visiting Orlando Magic, most Lakers fans have to be pleased with the team’s progression to this point in the season. We all have heard the Lakers brass preach patience, including LeBron, however the addition of Tyson Chandler coupled the competitive spirit of Magic and Lebron… doesn’t exude patience. These guys know, you’ve got to be in to win it; and these Lakers are positioning themselves for playoff basketball. Please let me know your thoughts on the what you think the Lakers ceiling is this season, by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or @whatsgoodinsports on Twitter.