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Jazz-Lakers: Los Angeles Shouldn't Count Their Chickens 'til Eggs Have Hatched

Bare KnucksAnalyst IApril 24, 2009

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 21:  Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a shot between Carlos Boozer #5, Andrei Kirilenko #47 and Paul Millsap #24 of the Utah Jazz in the fourth 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)

Wow, what a game last night at the Energy Solutions Arena.

Three (3) things stuck out to me in last night’s game between the LA Lakers and Utah Jazz: Carlos Boozer is back to his normal self, Deron Williams is a clutch baller, and Kobe Bryant is overhyped and is going downhill.

Carlos Boozer had his coming-out party tonight, going for 23 points. and 22 boards. Boozer looked like he did before his injury, and I have a feeling he might do some serious damage from here on out.

The former Blue Devil let it be known that he is back, and put an exclamation point on it by booming on Pau Gasol. Get that weak Euro-style ball out of here you with your Ostrich/Emu-looking self!

Lakers: Don’t count your chickens ‘til your eggs have hatched. The road to the Finals might not be such a cakewalk for LA, like so many fans and analysts think.

To be frank, it looks like Kobe has lost a step this year. I understand players have poor games, but five of 24 shooting in a loss isn’t acceptable for a superstar.

To top off Bryant’s less than solid night, he got his chance to win the game and failed. To his credit, it was a tough shot. The Lakers have a playoff winning percentage of .167 in Utah, having won only two of 12 games. My guess is this series goes seven games, given that Utah is tough to beat at home.

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The Jazz aren’t your typical eighth seed either. They are an extremely-talented team. If Boozer and Okur hadn’t gotten injured, they most likely would’ve finished around the top of the West.

Deron Williams is a stud, and proved tonight he can hit the big shot. With D Will running the offense and Boozer playing like he should, you can never count the Jazz out. [Read more...]

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