“If we don’t communicate, we have defensive lapses,” Russell said. “We don’t talk plays out when it easily could be talked out to limit the confusion.” The reasoning for those lapses seem simple. “When you get caught up in the moment,“ Williams said, “sometimes you tend to watch and rely on the next person to make the play instead of everybody being on one accord.”Grading on a curveThe final play on Tuesday showed Russell taking a pull-up 3-pointer that ended with an airball. The box score revealed Russell scoring only four points on 2-of-11 shooting. Walton reached a different conclusion on Russell’s game, though. “D’Angelo really played well,” Walton said. “He was more active (defensively) than he’s been when he was talking out switches and fighting (through screens). Offensively, he had more of a push to his game as far as setting the tone with the pace we wanted to play with.”Walton then described Russell’s missed shots as “good looks.” “Shooters always figure it out. If it was me missing like that, I would be very worried about it,” said Walton, referring to his 11-year NBA career. “For someone that has some shooting touch like that, he’ll be fine.” So, Walton featured Russell in the final four minutes, 11 seconds. “I struggled on the offensive end, but on the defensive end, I tried to make every play,” Russell said. “Coach has a variety of amount of guys he can pick from to finish the game. So I’m trying to be one of those guys every game. Defensively, I thought I earned it.” Mum’s the wordThe Lakers declined to confirm an ESPN.com report that said they hosted a workout recently for free-agent forward Donatas Motiejunas. The Lakers reportedly are mulling whether to add Moniejunas to help the Lakers absorb a four-week absence to forward Larry Nance Jr. (left knee). Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> The experience seemed painful enough in real time. For the sake of self-reflection, though, the Lakers held a lengthy film session on Wednesday that partly entailed re-watching the final moments of Tuesday’s two-point loss to Utah. Lakers coach Luke Walton watched various “opportunities that would have given us a chance to win the game.” Then, the Lakers (12-23) might show different late-game when they play host to the Dallas Mavericks (9-23) on Thursday at Staples Center. With Walton regretting his play call that did not anticipate Utah center Rudy Gobert missing both free throws with 13 seconds remaining, Lakers guard Lou Williams could not get free from a screen. So, Lakers guard D’Angelo Russell hoisted a 3-pointer from the top of the key. The shot airballed as time expired. “We appreciate it as players that we’re all on the same page,” Williams said. “But at the end of the day, we’re the guys that are out there. We still should’ve made a play.” Walton also lamented the Lakers did not grab a rebound off of Julius Randle’s missed foul shot with 14 seconds remaining. Walton also faulted the team’s defense that gave open 3-point shots to Utah guard Joe Ingles. One shot gave the Jazz 95-93 lead with 2:58 left while another provided a 102-99 cushion with 21 seconds remaining. “It’s a characteristic of a young team,” Walton said. “But the challenge to our young guys is, ‘Let’s not let that be us.’” It sounds like the Lakers received Walton’s message.“I don’t like to use that as an excuse,” Randle said. Instead, the Lakers have mostly noticed their communication has dictated the outcome of close games. The Lakers are 2-4 in games decided by six or fewer points.