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Find the panic button again: Bad first half dooms Lakers in ugly loss to Jazz

Nov 8, 2012, 2:03 AM EDT

Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant walks off the court to the locker room before time expires during their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City Reuters

I hope you enjoyed the couple days of respite from the Lakers panic, because it is back on.

If the Lakers were looking to carry over their momentum from their win over Detroit, they failed miserably against the Jazz and fell hard 95-86. L.A. looked listless early and dug themselves a hole that they couldn’t climb out of even with a spirited second half that saw their effort improve dramatically.

The Jazz controlled the paint against the Lakers’ vaunted front line and ultimately this was the key to the game. Utah scored 28 points in the paint in the first half alone and rode their trio of Al Jefferson (18 points and 10 boards on the night), Derrick Favors, and Enes Kanter early on to set a tone of bruising, physical play.

On the perimeter, the Lakers had a hard time containing Mo Williams and Randy Foye. The backcourt duo combined for 33 points on only 24 shots with Williams making his mark early in the game and Foye hitting several key shots down the stretch (including three huge three pointers) to bury the Lakers last ditch attempt at a comeback.

For the Lakers, it was another mistake prone night as they turned the ball over 18 times and got lost on their defensive rotations too frequently. Combine that with a 34% shooting night from the floor (including going 4-23 from behind the arc) and they simply weren’t ready to play. Kobe Bryant had a team best 29 but was clearly frustrated after the loss.

If the Lakers were playing better to start the year you could chalk this game up to a bad night and brush it off. But poor play has been the norm for them through five games and even the most patient observers should start to be a bit concerned.

  1. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 8, 2012 at 2:34 AM

    Haters start rejoicing in 5… 4… 3… 2… 1… and…

    • africanballer - Nov 8, 2012 at 4:00 AM

      no i think that’s just your conscience haunting you.

      i’m not a lakers fan but as a basketball fan i’m concerned. All the pieces are in place so i think 3 more games like this and mike brown is gone

      • Foul Dwimmerlaik - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:51 PM

        First off, I’m a Laker fan.

        Second, I agree with your second paragraph.

        Lastly, looking down at the next posts, some roaches did come out of the woodwork.

  2. AlohaMrHand - Nov 8, 2012 at 6:27 AM

    Mitch Kupchek line one Mr Sloan……

    • nbascreed - Nov 8, 2012 at 6:51 AM

      This should NOT be thumbed down and should not be considered a joke. Buss and Kupchak need to THINK really hard about wasting another year with Brown at the helm. The cliche thing to say for those on the outside is “don’t hit the panic button” the problem is successful people don’t talk like that. Successful people fail fast.

      Mike Brown is not working. Plain and simple. He’s not up to the task. If this lineup had an average age of 32 then fine, waste another year with the guy. But handing the team over to Chuck Person or Quin Snyder at midseason will still be a waste.

      They need to go and get Sloan or another veteran coach and use the rest of this calendar year as a LIVE training camp, play for a top 4 seed and then get ready for the playoffs.

  3. slippyal2 - Nov 8, 2012 at 6:34 AM

    Wait, the team with an old starting line up and a weak bench isn’t successful? Playoffs will be stressful on that old starting line up.

  4. netbob - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:14 AM

    Listen! The sound of the worlds smallest violin. I think it’s karma for screwing their fans with the Time Warner network that no one watches or even gets.
    Brian Shaw is looking pretty good about now.

  5. dls612 - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:16 AM

    This team has a lot of issues, the coach has no clue, the type of offense they’re running, other than d12 metta is the only one that is a decent defender so they’re not a good defensive team and again no bench! D12 is not a true center, if he can’t get the ball deep or some kind lob he’s not scoring! He can’t create his own shot!I guess u all thought they were suppose to just crush teams. No doubt they will win games and make the playoffs but its really not gone easy like Lakers fans thought!

  6. skids003 - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:47 AM

    Kobe’s gonna go off on them. Don’t his teammates know they are supposed to win no matter how many shots he jacks up to get his points??

  7. choppa2lis - Nov 8, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    how can they fire mike brown? isn’t that racist? can’t he cry to obama and al sharpton about the racist lakers organization if they dare threaten to fire him? didnt obama being reelected mean he has job security for life?

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      Wow, pretty impressive. You managed to be monumentally stupid in just four “questions.” Oh, and racist while pretending to point out racism. Keep up the good work, no wonder your guy lost.

      • bougin89 - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:25 AM

        @Manchester. Perfect reply, couldn’t have said it better.

  8. magicbucs - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:12 AM

    It’s not all mike browns fault. The roster sucks lol after the starting 5.. Even the starters arent that great.
    Kobe = old
    Gasol = old n slow
    World peace = old n crazy
    Dwight coward = is missing Orlando right now
    Nash = Grampa in sport years
    Bench = D league bench players

    Has anyone seen lakerluvr? Bahahaha!!

    • southbeachtalent - Nov 8, 2012 at 9:37 AM


      that was a good break down!

  9. magicbucs - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:47 AM

    @choppa2….. You’re a moron. Last I checked mike brown isn’t on the court playing the game. Fire the players, they suck and so did Romney!

  10. unxpexted1 - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    I didnt see the post about it yesterday but when I saw Mike Brown play Metta at the 2, i was screaming at my computer. Just another on the list of mindless decisions made by Mike Brown. We arent stacked on the bench, but there is some potential talent to be developed in Ebanks and Meeks, but he refuses to give them the season to help them get going. Thats why they get shell shocked when they finally do play. Steve Blake is still the worse, I wouldnt even mind seeing Chris Duhon play more.

    Mike Brown has to go! IS Nate Mcmillian stil available, Brian Shaw, somebody. Goodness this is awful.

  11. omniusprime - Nov 8, 2012 at 8:49 AM

    I’m sure glad I didn’t waste any money buying the NBA League Pass to watch every Laker game. The Lakers are proving my assertion that pro athletes are grossly overpaid and overhyped. Just inexcusable that they would be playing listless, except that we have the world’s worst excuse of an NBA Coach Clueless Clown Brown. The Lakers can’t even play defense now, that’s supposed to be Clown’s strong point and they have a year under their belts with his pathetic excuse of a defense. I’m not even going to say Go Lakers, just go home!

  12. jerdogthompson - Nov 8, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    I think those calling for Mikes head are misdirected. Are those players out there not getting paid 100 million this year collectively? What are they responsible for? Nothing? Lets face it, the starting line up is in fact old I’m NBA years. Much of that age showed last night. So now Mike is supposed to guide them to the fountain of youth to gain that bounce back in their step? Once everyone understands the facts, bench is weak and the starting 5 are old perhaps then and only then will reality set in. What am I saying? That will never happen, just fire Mike. Wow that’s so much easier and feels soooo much better.

  13. jimsjam33 - Nov 8, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Time to go Mr. Brown . You’re not from L.A. and you don’t fit . Byron Scott should have been the choice wait back when . Pack your bags .

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