(KUTV) — When the Lakers visit Salt Lake City to take on the Jazz tonight, they will do it without LeBron James on the court.
James played last night in Los Angeles where the Lakers beat the Wizards 124 to 106. James was instrumental to the win, logging 23 points, 14 assists and 7 rebounds.
Mike Trudell of Lakers.com of said the Lakers considered resting James on the second night of back-to-back games and announced Wednesday afternoon that he would miss the game.
The Jazz have a three-game home winning streak on the line and will officially qualify for the NBA playoffs with a win. The Los Angeles Clippers are a half game in front of the Jazz, with the same 30 loses but 45 wins to 44 for the Jazz. A victory means Utah is in and Sacramento at 37 and 37 is out.
A win ties the Jazz with the Clippers at the fifth spot in the Western Conference playoff standings, two games behind the Rockets and Blazers. The Nuggets and Warriors are in the top two spots, each with 50 wins currently.
The Lakers have won two games in a row, partly behind the efforts of former University of Utah player Kyle Kuzma. It is the second consecutive game where a recent college player from Utah faced the Jazz after Jimmer Fredette was cheered as part of the visiting Phoenix Suns in the last Jazz home game.
He tweeted a reaction when people in the Jazz crowd booed when officials called a travel on Fredette.