LOS ANGELES -- Another Lakers' game Sunday night and another performance devoid of defensive energy and intensity, resulting in a 117-110 loss to the Utah Jazz at Staples Center.
"We're just not very good right now," said head coach Mike D'Antoni. That's the understatement of the season.
A Laker team, which was supposed to be a legitimate title hopeful, is barely a playoff contender. Their record is 9-12, and they've lost three of their last four games. Now they pack their bags for a four-games-in-five-days road trip that could be devastating for a team playing as poorly as the Lakers are right now. Steve Nash won't be available as he continue to recover from a fractured left leg, and Pau Gasol's tendinitis-ridden knees will be re-examined in Cleveland Tuesday, but it's unlikely that he'll be available for at least a few more games. It's only 22 games into the season, but the squad is regressingespecially on defense.
"Again tonight, like in Oklahoma City, in the second quarter we...