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SALT LAKE CITY -- Several shrewd trades during the summer brought improved depth to the Utah Jazz and positioned the team to be a rising star in the NBAs Western Conference this season. Wholesale China NFL Jerseys . After one game, that depth is already being tested.Utah opened the season with usual starting forwards Gordon Hayward and Derrick Favors sidelined with injuries. Hayward is out through at least mid-November after fracturing his left finger in the preseason. Favors missed the opener against Portland on Tuesday because of lingering knee and IT band issues. He practiced with the team on Thursday, but remains questionable.The Jazz missed both players in a 113-104 loss to the Blazers. Utahs offense went ice cold over the final 3 1/2 minutes -- despite an outstanding individual effort from Joe Johnson, who is starting in place of Hayward and finished with a team-high 29 points on 12-of-16 shooting.Learning how to play without a pair of key players is something Utah coach Quin Snyder said the team must do if it wants to live up to preseason expectations.We cant wake up every morning wondering when theyll be back, Snyder said. Theyll be back when theyre back. We cant let that be a distraction. We need to lock in and just compete with who we have.Facing the Los Angeles Lakers in Friday nights home opener should present much less of a challenge for the Jazz. The Lakers are coming off a franchise-worst 17-65 season and enter their post-Kobe Bryant era with talented and raw building blocks such as Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, DAngelo Russell and rookie Brandon Ingram.Los Angeles got off to a good start Wednesday night, winning in coach Luke Waltons debut. The Lakers rallied in the fourth quarter, beating the Houston Rockets 120-114 behind Clarksons 25 points on 8-of-12 shooting and 20 points from RussellFor a team that tasted victory so infrequently a year ago, rallying against a quality opponent felt like a welcome change of pace. Los Angeles struggled at times before halftime, but played with a degree of energy and enthusiasm not seen during much of the 2015-16 season.Walton said the offense is ahead of the defense at this point because his team played unselfish basketball against Houston. Players shared the ball and worked it around to whoever had an open shot. It paid off in terms of execution.I know it sounds basic but I think its something that it is hard to buy into because if one guys doing it then you dont want to give the ball up because you might not get it back, Walton said. But as soon as multiple people start buying in and the ball can move side to side youre going to get good shots.Utah is the first stop in a four-game road swing for Los Angeles. The Lakers also travel to Oklahoma City, Indiana and Atlanta over a six-day stretch before returning home to face Golden State. After Friday, the Jazz head out for a pair of road games against the Clippers and Spurs over a three-day stretch.Utah won the season series 3-1 a year ago and hasnt lost at home to Los Angeles since falling 100-97 on February 25, 2015. The Lakers lone victory came on April 13 in Bryants final game of his NBA career when he totaled 60 points to lead his team to a 101-96 victory. Jerseys NFL Wholesale Online . A lawyer for MLB, Matthew Menchel, confirmed Wednesday the league dropped its case against Biogenesis of America, its owner Anthony Bosch and several other individuals. The lawsuit had accused Biogenesis and Bosch of conspiring with players to violate their contracts by providing them with banned performance-enhancing substances. Authentic Nike NFL Jerseys Cheap .Y. -- Sabres defenceman Tyler Myers had no intention of changing his hard-hitting style before taking part in a disciplinary hearing for his illegal check to New Jersey forward Dainius Zubrus head. . The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling "puts an end to my dreams of being a top player," the 27-year-old Troicki said in a statement. "I worked my entire life for it, and it has been taken away from me in one afternoon by a doctor I didnt know," said Troicki, whose ranking peaked at No. CLEVELAND -- Demonte Flannigan scored 21 points and pulled down nine rebounds and Cleveland State snapped a four-game losing streak with a 73-62 victory over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday.Rob Edwards added 19 points and five assists for the Vikings (2-5), who scored 22 points off 15 turnovers, with the Vikings making seven steals. Cleveland State made 19 of 30 free throws with Bethune-Cookman getting to the line for only 14 free throws, making just seven.Quinton Forrest scored a career-high 24 points on 11-oof-14 shooting and collected 10 rebounds with Brandon Tabb adding five 3-pointers in scoring 18 points with eight rebounds for the Wildcats (2-6). Cheap NFL Authentic Jerseys. The Vikings took the lead in the opening three minutes and used an 8-2 run over the final three minutes of the half to go up 38-24. The Wildcats were never able to get their deficit below double figures in the second half. ' ' '