"They just came out and hit us right in the mouth".
The Lakers had an extremely slow start to the game, as they trailed by a score of 41-17 after one quarter.
"We really wanted to put some pressure on them and guard the ball", Nurse said.
"In my experience, unfortunately, most of the time when a player like Kawhi sits out, that team ends up winning", Lakers coach Luke Walton said.
James said that the team will use the loss as a learning experience.
With that said, Utah will also be without its best offensive player in this spot, with Donovan Mitchell absent with an ankle sprain. While they are scoring the third most points per game in the National Basketball Association at 118.9, Los Angeles is giving up a whopping 120.0 points per contest, which is 27th in the league.
For James, he understands what he got himself into when he signed with the Lakers in free agency. "He's using his size, his power, and using pretty good footwork, so it's something we can go to".
Norm had just checked into the game moments ago and got hurt in his first action. "We had it in spurts but for 48 minutes we didn't have it". However, the superstar knows that the Lakers have to do their best to ignore the external noise.
"For me and what I've experienced in this league, I've tried to stay even keeled". I think every game, every road trip, every film session, every day that we're together is going to continue to get us more and more familiar with one another. But you never let the outside noise get to you and if you do that, that can cause you problems.