Andre Drummond struggled considerably against the Utah Jazz’s frontline on the Los Angeles Lakers’ Monday matchup. The veteran big had a difficult night against the Defensive Player of the Year candidate Rudy Gobert.
Gobert and Utah’s backup center Derrick Favors were not available for the first matchup between the two teams on Saturday, where the Lakers prevailed comfortably over the undermanned Jazz.
“Those guys were fresh, so they had a lot of energy. I think for us personally we can’t allow ourselves to start like that because it’s hard to fight back in games like that.”
Drummond finished eight points on 3-for-12 shooting, while Gobert to put up 14 points and 10 rebounds along with two blocks.
“I missed shots. That’s really what it boils down to. Obviously, he’s a great player, and he’s a great defensive player as well, too. He’s able to alter people’s shots, including mine. His presence in the paint is always felt. That doesn’t stop me from trying to take it to him each and every time.”