Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Too Tall and Up 2-0

2010 NBA Playoffs - Western Conference
Los Angeles Lakers (1) vs Utah Jazz (5) @ Staples Center
Round 2 - Game 2
Lakers lead 2-0

Post Game - Lakers win 111-103.

Lakers are simply too tall for the short game Utah Jazz. The champs never let the note searching Jazz gain a lead to keep throughout the entire game even when the usual 4th quarter Lakers suspects showed signs of loosening the lead. The Lakers BIG men just dominated early and set the tempo. Boozer is a jump shooter and Gasol and Bynum will continue to tear him apart if he chooses to favor his high arc mid-range game. Carlos will make the appropriate changes when he flies back home and look for him to penetrate strong in game 3. Utah was out rebounded and out blocked. Those stats stand out to me. Individual performances from both teams look balanced but L.A.'s D was the difference in tonight's game.

A sign of hope for Utah was in Millsap's performance tonight. His 26 points alone totaled more than the Lakers bench. He also pulled down 11 boards. He was in attack mode all game which resulted in his best 2010 postseason game yet.

Game highs: Kobe had 30 points, Gasol had 22 pts and 15 rebs, Bynum scored 17 and had 14 boards, LO had 11 pts w/ 15 rebs and Artest ended the night with 16 points.

Post game interviews show a very drained Utah Jazz team that look beaten with no possible comeback strategy. As a Lakers fan of course I hope for the sweep but as an NBA fan I really hope to see D. Williams lead his team to an exciting series.

Here is tonight's box score courtesy of Yahoo Sports: Lakers vs Jazz-Game 2

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