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#Los Angeles Lakers rookie #Lonzo Ball issued a message to doubting fans following their 96-81 loss to the #Utah Jazz Saturday. On his Twitter account, Ball said “If you not with us now don't be with us later…we gone figure it out.” This was after the Lakers suffered their second straight loss, dropping them to 2-4 on the season.

Ball also apologized for committing two crucial mistakes that allowed the Jazz to pull ahead after the Lakers came within six points late in the third following a three-pointer by rookie Kyle Kuzma.

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Fans are expecting the Lakers to contend this season behind Ball and their young core of Brandon Ingram, Larry Nance Jr., Kuzma, Jordan Clarkson, and Julius Randle. However, the Lakers have lost three of their last four outings, alarming fans about the chances of their team this season.

Ball takes blame for loss

After Kuzma’s three, Ball had a chance to grab the rebound but he did not box out fellow rookie, Donovan Mitchell, who came in soaring for a follow-up dunk. In the next play, Ball committed a turnover and Mitchell buried a three-pointer to extend the Jazz’s lead to 75-64 heading into the fourth. “Put this loss on me,” Ball said, per Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN. Ball, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, scored just nine points on 3-of-6 shooting from three-point range on top of two rebounds and four assists with five turnovers.

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Mitchell, Rubio shine for Jazz

Mitchell, the 13th overall pick in the 2017 Draft, outplayed Ball, scoring a career-high 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting off the bench as the Jazz improved to 3-3. Point guard Ricky Rubio scored 21 points, seven rebounds, and four assists. Derrick Favors tallied a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Rodney Hood and Joe Ingles chipped in 13 points apiece for the Jazz. Together, they made 37-of-79 attempts from the floor for 46.8 percent.

Ingram was the only starter who scored in double figures for the Lakers with 16 markers. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added seven points on 2-of-11 shooting while center Brook Lopez scored seven points. Nance tallied five points and 10 boards. Clarkson was the only other Laker in double figures, scoring 15 points off the bench, while Kuzma added nine, and Randle had six for the Lakers. He shot just 38 percent from the floor.

This marked Kuzma’s first NBA game in Salt Lake City, where he played three seasons for the University of Utah. He was was drafted 27th overall by the Lakers in June. In his three years with the Utes, Kuzma averaged 10.1 points and 5.5 boards in 96 career games.