Three Reasons To Check Out Tonight's Lakers-Jazz Live Twitter Event

Tim CarySenior Analyst IApril 27, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 25:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers shoots against Ronnie Brewer #9 of the Utah Jazz in Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Energy Solutions Arena on April 25, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2009 Getty Images (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

On Monday night, the Los Angeles Lakers will attempt to close out their first-round playoff series against the Utah Jazz.  The Lakers currently lead three games to one, and a Lakers loss would mean a pivotal Game Six back in Salt Lake City.

As Kobe Bryant told the AP yesterday, "I love Utah, but I'd rather not see it again until next year".

Although most of my Bleacher Report writing has been in the college football and college basketball departments to date, I will be experimenting tonight with a live Twitter rundown of this crucial NBA playoff game. 

For my instant analysis and feedback during a late night in Springfield, Ohio, follow my tweets at or search hashtag #LALUTA.

If you need three reasons to check out tonight's live-Twitter, I'm more than happy to oblige.

No. 1: Find out if this sportswriter can survive consistently using descriptions of 140 characters or less without going clinically insane (Odds are currently 50-50, according to Vegas.)

No. 2: Analyze the Lakers' new-look starting lineup and see if the addition of Odom/demotion of Bynum will continue to pay dividends for the Purple and Gold.

No. 3: Tune in to watch Utah try and solve a mystery that has confounded them all season: beating a good team on the road.

I won't claim to be unbiased through tonight's Twitter-extravaganza (there's a picture of Kobe Bryant hanging on the wall in my living room, after all), but I will at least hope to be interesting, funny, and (although I don't guarantee it at one o'clock in the morning Eastern time) somewhat awake.

My plan is to use the live-Twitter as an experiment of how sports can be covered in 2009 and beyond; I'd love to see a bunch of Bleacher Creatures as the game unfolds--and my caffeine IV begins. 

(Editor's note: If you see ZZZZs start scrolling across the feed, that means I slept through my experiment.) 

Hopefully, Kobe and company keep us all awake.

Or at least, entertained.