After the Utah Jazz handed the Los Angeles Lakers a 117-110 loss at home, Paul Millsap capsulated L.A.’s entire season with one quote: “They did it to themselves.”
He's right. All year long, the Lakers have been losing because they consistently find new ways to play badly. They are not a bad team; on paper this group is head and shoulders above 75 percent of the league without Steve Nash. It’s just a matter of not being able to put it all together – which L.A. clearly can’t.
Blame the coach. Blame the superstars. Blame the bad defense. Blame the shoddy ball movement. Place the blame wherever you want, it won’t change the fact that this squad is clearly less than the sum of its parts.
Millsap ultimately led the way for Utah with 24 points and nine rebounds. Mo Williams chipped in 22 points on eight-of-11 shooting. Three different Jazz players finished with 14 points.
Meanwhile, Kobe Bryant led the way for L.A. with 34 points on eight-of-24 shooting. Jordan Hill and Jodie Meeks had 17 points and 16 points, respectively.
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