Game Three, LA Lakers Got Pushed Around in Utah: Quarter by Quarter Breakdown

Lakers101.com@@Lakers_101Contributor IApril 24, 2009

SALT LAKE CITY - APRIL 23:  Carlos Boozer #5 of the Utah Jazz dunks over Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Three of the Western Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Energy Solutions Arena on April 23, 2009 in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Jazz defeated the Lakers 88-86. 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)

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That was a thing of beauty in STAPLES Center, thanks to the Lakers hot shooting:

  • We shot 58% from the field in the first two games
  • 18 of 35 from the three point line (51%)
  • The Lakers had a 30-17 fast break point edge in the first two games
  • Trevor Ariza was averaging 17 ppg, 5.5 apg, 4 rpg, 1 spg, 13-16 FG and 6-7 from three

Not everything went our way, as the Jazz led in the following categories:

  • 64-56 — Made free throws (eight more makes)
  • 29-14 — Offensive rebounding
  • 34-38 — Turnover
  • 23-16 — Steals

My Thoughts Before GameThree

I want to give credit to the Jazz for continuing to fight back, and that is not to say I expected them to simply lie down; they are playing hard, but are clearly hurting from not having Mehmet Okur out there.

The first two games was just a matter of the Jazz just simply not having enough talent to keep up. Keep in mind that the Jazz averaged 104.5 ppg, but lost the first two games by a combined 23 points.

Unless the Lakers have an off night, this could be a sweep.

The Lakers need to use these Western Conference series to get Bynum in a grove, continue to develop Brown, and build Ariza’s confidence.

Everything starts with Deron Williams — with his shot, his dribble penetration, and his defense (four steals in Game Two). Deron Williams is averaging 25.5 ppg, 13 apg, 3.5 rpg, 3 spg, and 3 threes going into Game Three.

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When the game was on the line in the fourth quarter of Game 2, how did the Kobe’s entourage perform?

  • Lamar Odom — 7 points, 1 rebound
  • Pau Gasol — 1 rebound, 2 blocks, 0-2 FT, and 1 turnover, in 5 minutes
  • Trevor Ariza — 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal in 5 minutes
  • Shannon Brown — 6 points

To read the quarter by quarter breakdown of Game Three, go to Lakers101.com.