Lakers-Jazz: Los Angeles Victory Only Raises More Concerns

Jason ColdironCorrespondent IApril 28, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21:  Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers posts up Jarron Collins #31 of the Utah Jazz in the third quarter of Game Two of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on April 21, 2009 in Los Angeles, California. 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.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

After finishing off the Utah Jazz Monday night, there was more concern than joy in the Los Angeles Lakers camp.

 

Although the Lakers won the series in five games, they didn't display the kind of dominance you might expect from a team looking to make a championship run. They will move on and likely face the Houston Rockets, who currently lead Portland 3-1.

 

The Jazz revealed some chinks in the Laker armor.

 

For one, Utah out-rebounded the Lakers in the series. Andrew Bynum was supposed to shore up that issue, but has been ineffective ever since his return.

 

Midway through the series Bynum was removed from the starting lineup in favor of Lamar Odom. Despite Bynum's play, coach Phil Jackson reiterated that Bynum would be back as a starter to spar with Yao Ming in the likely Houston matchup.

 

Another sign of how close the series was is that the Laker starters were on the court at the end of a Game Five they once led by 22 points.

 

The Laker bench couldn't hold the lead. Could the reserves be a factor as the playoffs move on?

 

In addition, forward Luke Walton will be out indefinitely with an ankle injury, making the bench even thinner.

 

The Lakers won this series going away, but they weren't very impressive in doing so. They will not have an easy road to the Finals.