Before facing an opponent that pushed the Lakers around the last time they met, and with the team now essentially down four key players, Metta World Peace addressed his teammates with a message.
He told them it didn’t matter that so many Lakers were injured, that they could still win games despite their low numbers.
They came close Monday night, but lost to the Utah Jazz, 107-101.
“I told them the fight is something they should be proud of,” Lakers Coach Luke Walton said. “A lot of people in professional sports, you get paid win or lose, and they give in. Our group keeps fighting no matter what the lead is, no matter what the...