This feels a little strange. Is this a dream? Kobe Bryant will be named the league’s Most Valuable Player Sunday afternoon prior to the Lakers beginning their second round playoff series. A year ago, that sentence is almost as improbable as: Tim Duncan killed and then ate a baby. Okay, not quite that insane, but shocking nonetheless.
All giddiness aside, Round 2 commences with the Lakers meeting a Utah Jazz squad that just bounced the Houston Rockets in 6 games on Friday evening. A Utah Jazz team whose disparity between home and away during the regular season is shocking to say the least. Home: 37-4 Away:17-24. A Utah Jazz team that fields a frontcourt more worthy of Grand Theft Auto IV than the NBA (Mehmet Okur, Carlos Boozer and Andrei Kirilenko, ah, Liberty City’s finest).
The Lakers come in, nearly a week removed from Game 4 in Denver, rested and ready for what promises to be much less of a cake walk than Round 1.
VarsityOptimism’s Prediction –
Lakers in five. Mayyyyyyyyybe six.
Playoff Update! –
As much of a dream as it is in Lakerland, it’s a nightmare in Boston. While the Lakers dispensed with their 8th Seeded opponent in four short games, the C’s have been taken to the brink by the 37-win Atlanta Hawks, and frankly the Celtics look exposed. They look like they waltzed into these Playoffs with a giant sense of entitlement and they are now a mere 48 minutes from elimination. Will the ‘fro of Josh Childress and the backne of Zaza Pachulia really bring down the mighty Celtics? Not likely, but it will sure as heck be entertaining… or a massacre. No real grey area in this Game 7.
Los Angeles: AM570 KLAC (Spero Dedes & Mychal Thompson)
Utah: KFNZ All-Sports 1320 AM (Ron Boone & Rod Hundley)
- Out: A. Bynum (Knee), T. Ariza (Foot)
- Will Play: K. Bryant (Pinkie), D. Fisher (Foot)
Battle of the Shaggy Haired White Dudes: Each team fields a 3-Point assassin with flowing locks. Sasha vs. Kyle Korver. Epic.
MISSION: UTAH – I am pleased to announce the Lakers Nation is going to Utah for Game 3! Stay tuned, more information Monday!