Game Thread: Utah Jazz at Los Angeles Lakers -- Young Jazz look to dominate Lakers in STAPLES Center

"Don't you have a different haircut now?" "Yes, there just aren't many pics of us together." - Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Game #51: Utah Jazz (17-33) @ Los Angeles Lakers (18-33)
STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, CA
February 11, 2014 -- 8:30 pm MT
TV: ROOT Sports -- RADIO: 1280 am / 97.5 fm

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This should be a feel good game. They only have one HOFer who is going to be playing -- Nash. Seriously, look at the guys who are NOT playing for them tonight:

x Jodie Meeks 1 48 32.6 14.4 2.8 1.7 1.5 1.1 1.4 0.0 13.8 18.4% 8.4% 4.5%
x Pau Gasol 4 5 44 31.9 17.0 10.2 3.4 2.4 1.4 0.4 1.5 19.0 26.3% 19.0% 16.8%
x Kobe Bryant 2 3 6 29.5 13.8 4.3 6.3 5.7 1.1 1.2 0.2 11.2 29.2% 35.9% 7.8%
x Nick Young 2 3 48 28.8 16.9 2.7 1.5 1.6 0.9 0.6 0.2 14.6 26.3% 8.8% 4.9%
x Xavier Henry 3 2 31 21.8 10.1 2.8 1.2 1.4 0.9 1.1 0.2 12.6 22.6% 8.6% 6.7%
x Jordan Farmar 1 2 23 21.3 9.3 3.2 4.9 2.2 2.2 0.8 0.2 15.4 23.4% 37.7% 7.9%

It should be an easy day. So, of course, we'll probably let Kelly go for 40 tonight on us.

I'm interested to see how Steve Nash and Trey Burke match-up. Burke is a little hurt and Nash is at the end of his career. Years from now someone somewhere will write a blog post about it. (It'll probably be me. Sadly.)

They have skill with their caveman center Chris Kaman, and they have enthusiasm from Robert Sacre and company. We have youth and hopefully, that will carry the day with a steady diet of Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter, and Rudy Gobert tonight. If Mike D'Antoni was smart he'd do what Don Nelson did to us years ago and play four guards and a small forward for long stretches of this game. They may just have to with who is suiting up for them right now.

I predict that the Jazz will go with their standard Trey Burke, Gordon Hayward, Richard Jefferson, Marvin Williams, and Derrick Favors lineup. That should be more than enough to handle the scrambled eggs we face tonight. The bench battle should be completely in our favor. I don't see anyone on their side who should be able to match up with Alec Burks off the bench now that Nick Young is out.

If the game gets boring, we can always watch this.



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