The Lakers beat the Jazz and took a commanding 3-0 lead in the series. The win was way too close for comfort for the Lakers Nation, but a win is a win and we’ll all take it. The lead changed only once in the first-half and then 21 times in a ridiculous second half. They will again go into the cleaning business and complete the sweep of the Utah Jazz tonight.

The Lakers won the first two games by dominating the painted area and game three ironically from behind the arc. The Jazz have pushed the Lakers in every game, but the Lakers had their wake-up call against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Another way to look at this series, would be messages sent and messages received.

Phil Jackson called out Lamar Odom in the first round series and he responded. Jackson recently called out Ron Artest and he also responded, although it appears to be time to call Odom out again. Artest played his best game as a Laker on Saturday night and was big on both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. Jackson stated that it would happen and Artest came through as expected.

Tonight the Lakers will be all business, they need to establish Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum in the painted area and allow them to go to work.

The Lakers cannot allow the Jazz to take away their post game and size advantage with double-teaming and defensive rotations. Although the Jazz did everything right; played their best game of the series and still came up short. Their window of opportunity has closed. The Lakers are excellent in closeout games and tonight game won’t change that fact.

The playoffs are all about adjustments, but the Jazz are all out of options. The Jazz have the unenviable task of picking their poison tonight. They can attempt to stop the Lakers from dominating them on the interior or attempt to stop the them from beating them from the perimeter.

The fact of the matter is Utah can’t stop both tactics. They are a proud and a tough hard-nosed team, just like their head coach Jerry Sloan. The Lakers will not be complacent tonight as a matter of fact with coach Sloan, providing his own form or bulletin board material, the Jazz will be crushed tonight.

Sloan decided to use Kobe Bryant’s name in an analogy of Miss America. This verbal blast caught the eye of Coach Phil Jackson and caused the Black Mamba to raise his eyebrows. You know what that means — Sloan and the Jazz will pay dearly for their transgressions.

The combination of the Lakers defense, strong play from the front line, everyone getting involved, and the Black Mamba on a mission will be too much for the Utah Jazz tonight. It is a must that every member of the Lakers Nation view tonight’s game with a broom handy because its cleaning time and the Jazz will be swept away.

I can’t wait to see the “Gone Fishing” picture of the Utah Jazz that has to include Jerry Sloan this time. In the end, our Lakers win big tonight and prepare themselves for a battle with the Phoenix Suns.

Tip-off: 7:30 PM PST

Television -

  • Los Angeles: TNT
  • Utah: TNT

Radio -

  • Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
  • Utah: 1320 AM KFAN (David Locke, David James & Patrick Kinehan)

Injuries -

Lakers:

  • Ron Artest (Left Heel Bruise/Sprained Left Thumb)
  • Shannon Brown (Sprained Right Thumb)
  • Kobe Bryant (Avulsion Fracture, Right Index Finger)
  • Andrew Bynum (Small Tear in the Meniscus of his Right Knee)
  • Sasha Vujacic (Severely Sprained Left Ankle) Out
  • Luke Walton (Pinched Nerve, Back)
  • Jordan Farmar (Strained Hamstring)
  • D.J. Mbenga (Eye Surgery)

Jazz:

  • Andrei Kirilenko (Strained Left Calf)
  • Deron Williams (Bruised Left Elbow)
  • Marwan Marzina

    This is a MUST WIN! The Suns now have 9 days of rest and the longer our series goes, the less rest the Lakers have and the more rejuvenated the Suns get. If we can win this game, then we sit back for 9 days and rest up for a battle.

    • LakerMarc

      actually they really only get 6 days off since the series begins a week from tonight.

  • seankobe

    I don’t know what will be the feeling of lebron and the cavs having trouble winning while suns, magic and the lakers is resting for the conference finals!

    • LakerMarc

      The Lakers are getting better. Only Drew was a disappointment in this series. Just as Doris said in the last series (OKC) telecast, bench players tend to do better at home and tend to struggle on the road. Is Andrew Bynum a bench player? HMMMMMM. Drew: when you’re hot you’re hot and when you’re not, well…….

      Rest up boys. I still think The Suns aren’t any more of a threat than Utah were, the Lakers really didnt have any trouble with them, infact there were some HUGE butt kickings in the regular season, except for that 1 horrendous game. Go Lakers!!!!

    • LakerMarc

      Oh and I hope the Cavs and the Celts destroy one another but, then again that will only open things up for THAT other team which likes to make it to the Finals and (they don’t really even deserve it). ORLANDO SUCKS!!!!!!!!

      • seankobe

        the worst thing can happen with the cavs boston series is if they battle hard up to 7 games, and get swept by orlando in ECF!!!

  • Dave

    So, who do the Lakers match up the best in the East: Cleveland, Boston, or Orlando?

    I’d like to to see Boston win just so LeDrama and his obnoxious dancing and lip-syncing act can be performed in his own living room and we can all be spared his immaturity. Not to mention; hey, it’s LeDrama at the top of the key, lowering his head and ramming his way up the lane while his teammates scratch their respective asses … seen it.

    Then, we could destroy Boston and force Kevin Garnett into early retirement from basketball … and lame bullying.