Bryant usually quieted those taunts with a scoring outburst. But not on Saturday. He posted only five points on 2-of-8 shooting and went 0 of 3 from 3-point range in 15 minutes before sitting out the entire second half after feeling persisting soreness in his right Achilles tendon. Yet, Bryant maintained he will “give it my best shot” to play when the Lakers (9-33) host the Houston Rockets (21-20) on Sunday at Staples Center. Even with Lakers trainer Gary Vitti advising this week Bryant should take one or two weeks off, Bryant reiterated, “Taking two weeks off is not on the menu.” “Two weeks is a long time. It doesn’t feel like a two-week injury,” said Bryant, who reported improvement in his right shoulder. “I’ve had those before. This doesn’t feel that way.”Instead, Bryant reported his Achilles “jammed up” and he “couldn’t get it loose.”To much lesser fanfare, Lakers rookie forward Larry Nance Jr. played only three minutes before sitting with a sore right knee. Though Nance Jr. downplayed the injury before taking an MRI on Sunday, Lakers coach Byron Scott considered his return against Houston as doubtful.The rest of the Lakers (9-33) appeared just as ineffective. Lou Williams (20 points), D’Angelo Russell (13) and Jordan Clarkson (10) all scored in double figures. But the Lakers shot 34.4 percent from the field, while allowing Rudy Gobert (18 points), Trey Lyles (17), Trey Burke (16), Rodney Hood (14), Gordon Hayward (14) and Joe Ingles (10) to score in double digits. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error SALT LAKE CITY >> His name blared over the loudspeaker. Unlike how it has become in every game, both home and away, Kobe Bryant finally heard something more familiar and comfortable.He heard boos. Lots of them. It seemed appropriate that would represent the soundtrack of an otherwise forgettable Lakers’ 109-82 loss to the Utah Jazz on Saturday at Vivint Smart Home Arena. When he both struggled during his youthful years and dominated in his prime against this franchise, Bryant spent almost two decades losing his hearing here. “They were really, really tough, more so than the other crowds,” Bryant said. “From signs when shooting the free throws to them literally yelling right in my ear, taking the ball out, it (ticked) me off so much.” Scott bemoaned the Lakers “didn’t come ready to play,” and that carefree mindset was present in the locker room afterward where most of the players became fixated on the NFL playoffs.“We were impatient. We didn’t set screens,” Scott said. “We didn’t run our offense. Guys tried to do it on their own and we’re not good enough to do that. Once we went in that direction, they were able to build the lead.”All of which made for an unceremonious night for Bryant, who hadn’t played here since January, 2013 amid various injuries that he joked felt like “10 years.” Bryant will have another shot for another farewell in Utah on March 28. But will Bryant receive any warm sentiments then?“They kept driving me crazy. That being said, it’s fond memories,” Bryant said, laughing. “That’s what sports should be with bantering and that competition. I always loved playing because of that.”But that has become more difficult amid Bryant’s never-ending fight on two fronts.The Lakers have lost six of their last seven games.“There’s times where it’s a little too much. But I do find the beauty in that,” Bryant said. It’s all a challenge. It’s all obstacles.”Those obstacles mostly center on his injuries. “I could run at a high speed and play hard for the entire game,” Bryant said, reflecting on his earlier years. “Now I can run all day from a stamina perspective. But the legs don’t have the same amount of energy. So you have to figure other things out.”This past week, Bryant received what he called “all the fun stuff” with constant stretching, icing and medication. Bryant also said he has had “self-conversations” to talk himself into staying on the court. But on Saturday, Lakers coach Byron Scott reported Bryant gave him a “thumbs up,” indicating he felt fine. But that changed in one half where Bryant’s scoring contributions entailed making two mid-range jumpers. “I try to play a little more flat footed,” Bryant said. “I try not to go to the basket as much. I hope the jump shot is falling, then you don’t have to penetrate as much either.” Bryant could not play through that against Utah on Saturday. But he still appreciated the boos like old times.“You know me,” Bryant said. “It was awesome.”If only the Lakers and Bryant could describe their current state the same way.