The Los Angeles Lakes are up next for the Utah Jazz, but who are the key players to watch out for (besides LeBron James)?
The Los Angeles Lakers are next up for the Utah Jazz, and they’re a pivotal team for the Jazz to beat. At only 4-9 on the season, the Jazz need not only wins but wins over good teams, otherwise, this season will quickly get away from the team. A win over the Lakers doesn’t cure all the issues the Jazz have, but it’s something that can help get things back on track.
The Lakers are led by NBA legend LeBron James, and if he’s playing, he’s one of the guys you need to key on. Yet, where’s the fun in talking about James? We’re looking beyond James and looking at the other players on the Lakers team that can hurt the Jazz.
And we think we found the three players who pose the biggest threat to the Jazz.
The Lakers have a real low post threat in Anthony Davis and with Walker Kessler out for at least another week, the Jazz are going to be in a tough position. They don’t really have a bruiser to help limit the threat that Davis presents. Not without Kessler, and while normally it wouldn’t be such a big deal to have this type of matchup, with James’ status for the game up in the air, the Lakers may rely on Davis more and if they do, then the Jazz may get wrecked on the inside.
Arguably the Lakers’ best pure shooter, Austin Reeves is going to pose a problem for the Utah Jazz, who really don’t have a perimeter defense to speak of. He’s gotten off to a ho-hum start this season but the Jazz’s defense has been the remedy to a lot of guys’ early-season struggles.
The Lakers’ best bench player is Rui Hachimura, a dynamic all-around forward who can do a bit of everything. He’s not going to beat you on his own but he’s someone who can really cause problems for the bench squad with his hustle and scoring ability.