Last Updated on Jan 24, 2022 03:14 PM
|Match Date & Time:||2022-01-18 09:00 AM (IST) |
2022-01-18 03:30 AM (GMT)
Los Angeles Lakers will take on Utah Jazz in NBA 2021-22 on Tuesday, 18 January 2022 at 09:00 AM IST
Lakers’ defense is one of the worst in the league, no matter what is the nature of the opposition, they are unable to hold the defensive end almost during all games.
No matter which position is, there is a lack of communication, a lack of effort, and no semblance of a fight, the players are literally walking on the court at times.
With LeBron scooping up big-time points, the load on him is so high on the offensive end, that now he is in his late 30s, he is not the same defensive anchor as he was previously.
Westbrook is not much of a perimeter defender, neither is Monk, Ariza, and Bradley don’t have the same impact.
On the other hand, big Dwight Howard has declined defensively too. Overall, despite running a high-quality offense during most nights, the Lakers miss their rotations and allow so many points that it is almost impossible to get back in games.
This spells a need for change because frankly, this Lakers team has been too disappointing on the defensive end, and perhaps a two-way wing/perimeter lockdown guard is needed apart from Davis’ return.
Jazz has some defensive issues and when Gobert is not playing, these issues are especially visible.
Utah has been a high-scoring team throughout the season but yes, if they were better defensively, they’d be counted among squads like Suns, Warriors, Bucks, etc.
Right now, the Jazz only has one issue and that is defense. There are a wealth of isolation scorers for the team, Donovan Mitchell and Jordan Clarkson are the best shot creators while Bojan Bogdanovic keeps raining in points in different ways, plus Ingles is the secondary playmaker while Gobert can dip in inside points and also generate second-chance points(Also setting screens of the highest quality) while Gay and O’Neale can get in 5-9 points a game regularly.
Overall, the Jazz’s offensive style is intimidating and I believe they can develop more defensive discipline with the current core.