Lakers point guard Steve Blake made only two of 10 shots against the Jazz… (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles…)
The Jazz are a very tough team to beat at home in Salt Lake City. The Lakers came in shorthanded on Wednesday night and left with a 1-4 record after Utah collected a 95-86 victory.
Playing without Steve Nash is a problem for the Lakers. Steve Blake hasn't proven to be a consistent force for the team and second-year guard Darius Morris is still learning how to play.
Chris Duhon hasn't made a significant impact in the league for a couple of years. The Lakers are just hurting at the position.
Against the Jazz, Blake had just one assist with six points on two-for-10 shooting. Morris shot one for six and turned the ball over twice without an assist.
Mo Williams, the Jazz's veteran point guard, had 16 points and seven assists. The Lakers got nine points on 18.8% shooting with one assist and two turnovers from Blake and Morris combined.
That's hard to overcome.
Meanwhile, Jordan Hill gave the team some life with his effort and rebounding (seven on the offensive glass), but even he shot one for five from the field.
Dwight Howard hit seven of his 11 shots but turned the ball over five times. Kobe Bryant scored 29 points on 17 shots, parading to the line 17 times, but he turned the ball over six times.
When the team's best players are turning the ball over and the role players aren't hitting shots, the Lakers generally lose.
Additionally, Pau Gasol was hardly an offensive factor with five points on two-for-nine shooting.
It's rarely an easy win in Utah but the Lakers gave a particularly poor showing Wednesday night.
There's no firm date for Nash's return. There's no easy answer on how to win regularly without him, but the Lakers need to find one.
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