Sunday, April 19, 2009
Los Angeles Lakers vs Utah Jazz
Round 1 - Game 1
Lakers cruise by the Utah Jazz in Game 1. Let's face it, Carlos Boozer and Deron Williams will need more help offensively to beat the Lakers. Carlos played well scoring 27 pts and 9 boards. Deron dished the ball Stockton-like with a whopping 17 assists but no other Jazz player stood out to be much of a factor. Where's AK47? He needs to attack more rather than stand around the perimeter. Millsap was the only other contributor with 15 pts.
It seemed that the Lakers struggled more with fouls than with the Jazz. Trevor Ariza got his start and did not fail to show Coach Jackson his appreciation. Ariza scored 21 humble points and showed his quick speed on a play that left Boozer in the dust with a reverse dunk. His ability to penetrate and finish like #24 is that extra cushion Lakers need, especially post season. We will need Ariza to play well consistently like he did today throughout the playoffs to really ease through the West.
Kobe was quiet early in the game and really didn't need to put up big numbers. This is indicative of how deep the Lakers are with all around talent that spills over to the bench. Having Odom lead off the bench is the perfect back up plan any coach would love to have.
Kobe Bryant ended up being the leading scorer with 24 points and 9 boards. Gasol had 20 pts with 9 boards and Odom had 13 pts with 8 boards. The final score: Lakers 113, Jazz 100.
Courtesy of NBA.com