That’s the Utah way. No silver linings for dominating on the boards, no pats on the back for trying. Coach Jerry Sloan doesn’t complain about Bryant’s 23 free throws, either.
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The Utah Jazz, which was supposed to be much tougher than the Nuggets team the Lakers put to flight, arrived with something less than a thunderclap today, watching the Lakers take an early 17-point lead and win, 109-98, in the series opener Sunday at Staples Center.
That’s 5-0 for the Lakers this postseason.
As NBA coaches like to say, it’s a make-or-miss game and the Jazz missed a lot today.
Utah shot 38% overall and went four for 19 on three-pointers. Star point guard Deron Williams was five for 18 from the field.
Of course, the Jazz had only two days off after eliminating Houston on Friday.
Asked someone in the media room afterward, “Was fatigue a factor in the game at any time”
“No,” said Coach Jerry Sloan, decisively, ending that discussion.
Of course, Sloan, who has no tolerance for losing or excuses, would have said the same thing if his team had walked here from Salt Lake City.