It feels repetitive to say it, but the fact that the Lakers had a chance in their game Monday against the Utah Jazz was remarkable.
They were down three guards, and though forward Larry Nance Jr. would have been able to play in an emergency, Lakers Coach Luke Walton preferred not to use him.
They were facing a team that had won five of its last six games.
Their starting lineup included four forwards, one at point guard.
They lost another player, backup center Tarik Black to an ankle injury, during the game.
They faced deficits in the teens, as high as 19 at one point, but still had a chance at the end of the game.
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