NBA Tweets from Last Night: Twitter Diagnoses Obvious Problems with LA Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers lost their second-straight game against the Utah Jazz, dropping their record to an unimpressive 9-12.

From the game's inception, it was clear that the Lakers had no intention of asserting their dominance as the NBA powerhouse they are supposed to be.

Los Angeles fell behind early thanks in large part to a matador-esque defensive effort. Or, as Mike Prada of SB Nation put it, thanks to a "classic" Antawn Jamison-like defensive effort:

Classic Antawn Jamison defense letting Kanter go right to the baseline.

— Mike Prada (@MikePradaSBN) December 10, 2012 In fact, the Lakers' efforts were so lackluster early that according to ESPN's J.A. Adande, they only had the edge in an immeasurable statistical department:

Only stat in Lakers' favor right now is SODA (Shots Over Dwight's Arms). Jazz 1-4. But Utah still leads, 16-14

— J.A. Adande (@jadande) December 10, 2012 It didn't get much better for Kobe Bryant and company heading into halftime, either. They headed into the locker room trailing by nine to a streaking Jazz team, leaving the Los Angeles Daily News' Mark Medina no choice but to diagnose one of the team's obvious issues—Jordan Hill outscoring Bryant:

Lakers down 60-51 at halftime. Jordan Hill (13), not Kobe Bryant (10) is leading the team in points

— Mark Medina (@MedinaLakersNBA) December 10, 2012 The first half wasn't all bad, though—not for the Jazz anyway. They shot an astounding 55 percent from the field. Somewhat surprisingly, per ESPN stats and info, that was the highest percentage Los Angeles' 15th-ranked defense allowed any team to shoot in the first half this season:

Lakers allowed Jazz to shoot 55% from field in first half-- highest that any team has shot vs Lakers in 1st half this season

— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) December 10, 2012 Things didn't ge...

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