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Tuesday's Lakers News: Lou Williams' 38 points not enough in loss to Jazz

Lou Williams' 38 points not enough against Jazz as Lakers fall 107-101: Before facing an opponent that pushed the Lakers around the last time they met, and with the team now essentially down four key players, Metta World Peace addressed his teammates with a message. He told them it didn’t matter that so many Lakers were injured, that they could still win games despite their low numbers. They came close Monday night, but lost to the Utah Jazz, 107-101. -- Los Angeles Times

Lakers summon rookie center Ivica Zubac from Development League: Depleted by injuries, the Lakers called up rookie Ivica Zubac, a second-round draft pick, from his Development League assignment Monday. Zubac averaged 17.3 points and 8.5 rebounds in six games with the D-Fenders, getting playing time and experience he wouldn’t have had with the Lakers. -- Los Angeles Times

Lou Williams' big night not enough in Lakers' 107-101 loss to Jazz: The day started with the Lakers learning their backcourt depth suffered another serious dent and ended with them losing a key piece to their frontcourt. In between, the Lakers suffered a 107-101 loss to the Utah Jazz on Monday at Staples Center and their third consecutive defeat as they struggled to apply patchwork to a ripped-up quilt. -- The Orange County Register

Lakers aren't using injuries as an excuse, but they're taking a toll: They all say they don’t use injuries as a crutch. Luke Walton walked into his postgame locker room Monday night and saw yet another Laker using a crutch for an injury. “I’m pretty sure he won’t be playing tomorrow night,” Walton said of backup center Tarik Black, who sprained his ankle in the third quarter. -- The Orange County Register

Luke Walton's unconventional Lakers lineup didn't work against Jazz, but it was progressive thinking: When Luke Walton arrived at the arena on Monday night, he had narrowed to two his options for patching together a lineup ravaged by injuries. One choice had him moving Jordan Clarkson into the starting backcourt, but that would have meant breaking up the Lakers NBA-best bench. The second option was less obvious but offered some hope defensively against the Utah Jazz. It called for starting a 37-year-old Metta World Peace along with Luol Deng and Brandon Ingram, along with Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov. -- The Orange County Register

Lakers' Metta World Peace tells teammates 'not to be entitled': The Lakers’ frustration mounted through losses, missed calls and debilitating injuries. Fatigue settled in as the Lakers completed a four-game trip in five days that included two sets of back-to-backs. Mindful those variables factored into their recent struggles, veteran forward Metta World Peace addressed the team at shootaround before Monday’s game against Utah at Staples Center. -- The Orange County Register

Thomas Robinson still living his 'dream' while searching for bigger role: Someone was asking Thomas Robinson about the way he helps the young Lakers. Thomas Robinson is 25 years old. “Most people think I’m at least three years older,” he said. “Most people think I’m 28 or 30.” In NBA mileage, he might be. He was the No. 5 pick in the 2012 NBA draft after three years at Kansas. The Lakers are his sixth place of NBA residence in that time. -- The Orange County Register