1. Once again, the Lakers lost a close game in the final moments.
"We just didn't make plays down the stretch in the last two minutes and 45 seconds," said Coach
The Lakers haven't suffered a double-digit defeat since Feb. 11 in Portland against the
2. Utah's defensive pairing of
While the Lakers struggled for offense, rookie forward/center Tarik Black had a big game against the Jazz frontline, scoring 13 points on six-of-12 shooting with 10 rebounds.
"I thought he played great tonight," said Scott. "If he can continue to bring the energy like he does every night, he'll be successful."
Gobert finished with just three points and seven rebounds in 36 minutes. Favors shot five for 15 for 14 points with seven rebounds.
Scott didn't expect him to play against the Jazz, but after an intense session with the trainers, Lin felt strong enough after pregame warm-ups to give it a go.
While Scott said he'll sit Lin out of Friday's practice, and suggested Sunday wasn't a sure thing -- Lin was adamant after the game that he would be available on Sunday when the Lakers host the Philadelphia 76ers.
Lin noted that he wasn't quite strong enough to finish plays the way he would have liked against the Jazz, but he didn't feel especially limited.
Clippers center DeAndre Jordan is tops at 70.8%, followed by
Davis made four of his five shots on Thursday, climbing to 60.9% (239 of 392) on the season.
5. The Lakers continue to hold the fourth-worst record in the NBA, important for positioning in the draft lottery. If the Lakers do not finish with a top-five selection, the pick will go to the Philadelphia 76ers (via the
The Lakers are "behind" the Philadelphia 76ers (16-52),
The team still plays the Wolves and Sixers twice each. The Knicks and Sixers still play each other twice as well. The only way the Lakers can 100% guarantee themselves a top-five pick is to finish with the first or second-worst record in the NBA. At third their odds are still high at 96.0%, but in their current fourth position, it's a less comfortable 83.8%.