Another series brings, positively enough, a blank slate, wiped clean of the ridiculousness of the last series, and itching to be filled with the knowledge required to overcome the Denver Nuggets' in the Western Conference Finals.
Upon stepping foot on Utah's home court, it was obvious that the battle was mostly with the overzealous Jazz fans. "Hostile crowd" was a common phrase throughout our romp in Utah, but as passionate as fans can get for the home team, it doesn't mean anything if you can't step up and play the game.
As the Lakers finally get their groove back after a grueling 7-game road trip, Laker fans received a pleasant surprise to begin the Nuggets game. Andrew Bynum, who has been out with a torn MCL since January 31st, was back in the starting line-up along with Kobe, Fisher, Ariza, and Gasol.