TLN’s Playoff Report: Lakers vs. Jazz [Game 1]

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    trevarWe silenced that Jazz alright, at least for Game One.

    The Jazz were able to keep it close, but only for about the first 3 to 4 minutes then the game was pretty much controlled by the Lakers from that point forward. Much of the credit goes to Kobe getting everyone involved and Shannon Brown having another spectacular game. After coming in early for Fisher, Brown and Trevor Ariza’s play helped the Lakers take control early and jump to the 22 point half time lead.

    Our defense was very efficient today as well. We weren’t able to keep the Jazz under 100, but we kept them to only 39% shooting and the heart and soul of their team, Deron Williams, to only 16 points on 4 of 14.

    Although it didn’t effect the outcome of the game, I found the domination of the Jazz boards, mostly on the offensive glass, to be a bit worry some. Allowing 20 offensive rebounds is not acceptable win or lose.

    Player of the Game: Trevor Ariza played great tonight. He scored 21 points on 80% shooting and added 4 rebounds, 2 assists. He was also all over the place on defense tonight.

    Play of the Game: It’s only fitting that Ariza had the play of the game as well. His right-handed dunk late in the 3rd was pretty sweet!

    What’s Up Next: Round 1 continues with Game 2 tipping off at 7:30 pm (10:30 EST) on Tuesday night. The game will be shown on TNT.

    • lakrfan4life

      Kobe’s dunk was pretty sick too, i think its pretty close competition

    • Banzai

      game 2 will be better..I think the Lakers will work on the rebounding and Bynum will have a better game.

    • ryguy2303

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      Agreed. That gave us a fat momentum boost.

    • imfasterthanur

      In my opinion, Kobe was the player of the game. He’s the reason the game opened up for other players. As soon as he touched the ball, he’d get swarmed by defenders. Plus, his emphatic jam in the 4th quarter was what kind of closed the game out — Utah’s soul left the Staples Center after that play.

    • Flingpoo

      Kobe: MVP of the Game
      Ariza: Player of the Game

    • Lakers 24 7

      That facial Kobe served up was straight up FILTH!

    • Vibe

      Ariza ariza ariza the dude stepped up big time this game… and of course chris brown. They were both terrific. Great game lakers.

    • LakersFirst

      Lakers need to do a better job of cleaning up the defensive boards. Lakers played great first half, but a subpar second half. The Lakers need to have to the killer instinct, when you’re up by 22, win by 32, not by 13.

    • zgum

      Ariza = “The Gambit”

      SHOWTIME!

    • zgum

      Ariza = “The Gambit”

      The Gambit says SHOWTIME! (from Marvel vs Capcom)

    • PauKobeBynumOdomDynasty

      another thing that could concern is the second chance points allowed, clearly because of the offensive rebounds. We have to remember that Okur was not available this game, and he is a dominant 7 footer on the inside, but can also shoot the three. The lakers have to watch out for him.

      Also, the way the Lakers came out to begin the second half was not impressive. They went on a 10-1 run to start the quarter, quickly putting them in contention of this game. The third is usually our strength, so we shudnt be able to give up 33 points on the road, and 60 in a half.

      Otherwise, our defense is good, but i can see that there is trouble in our trap defense and defending the pick and roll. Fish and Farmar got called for fouls a lot becuase Williams was consistently breaking the double team.

      This should be the score of a road game, not a home one. In a homoe game, ideally we should score 110+ and not allow more than 95.

      One final point, did anyone notice the final Kobe dunk? His dunk reminded me of another dunk he did against the Jazz last year, and it was basically looked the same.

    • dEDGE

      The production from Ariza this afternoon was a welcome surprise. And in a game where Bynum, Gasol and Odom were in constant foul trouble, Trevor took advantage of Utah’s collapsing defense inside and punished the Jazz from long distance (3-4 from beyond the arc).
      Read more here: http://steveodesignedge.wordpress.com/

    • Smush Walton

      Has anyone heard from joseph, hibachi, and PaulPierceIsADick?

      I miss reading all of the STUPID comments from those morons.

    • lainok

      when leprechans get trounced by bulls, they don’t have much to say.

    • LA09

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rLXoc8j3nsc
      Kobe posterizing Paul Millsap…late in the game

    • LakersFirst

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      I don’t miss them at all. NO SUCKDIC FANS ALLOWED!!

    • blazedpr48

      http://www.cnbc.com/id/30212558?__source=RSS*blog*&par=RSS ONLINE SPORTSBOOK IS BETTING AGAINST THE LOS ANGELES LAKERS.

    • ed

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      Ya CHRIS BROWN smacked the Jazz in the face, like he did Rhianna.

    • http://lakerliker.com LAKERLIKER

      TREVOR ARIZA!!!! Leaaving Boozer in the dust with that reverse dunk! Trevor getting the starting position was key and having Odom lead off the bench is even better. We are deeper that the friggin’ Grand Canyon folks!

      Kobe and Gasol did their usual thing scoring in high double figures and Shannon Brown showed veteran-like poise when given minutes too. Deron and Carlos need more help offensively and if Millsap is the only help they’ll be getting then they’re in big trouble. AK47…why are you hanging around the perimeter? Attack!

      Go Lakers!

    • west213

      ARIZAS REVERSE DUNK MADE ME SHIT IN MY PANTS!

    • west213


      do that to fukin boston! or cavs

    • K20

      ariza and CHRIS BROWN lol played Sikk 2day!!!!!!
      hope they resign brown!

    • gugy

      Good start!
      Keep it up Lakers!!!!!!!

    • PaulPierceIsADick

      OH MY GOD I CANT BELIEVE IT LAKERS TO THE FINALS AND THE CELTICS STUCK IN HTE 1ST ROUND, CAVS AVENGE US!!!

    • Katie Spaeder

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      Kobe had a typical Kobe game, so I went with Ariza. Besides, even though he had a great game and he helped free up some of the other players, those other players still have to step up..Ariza did. ;)

    • WifelovesLuke

      Most of you guys just don’t get it. Ariza was huge today because of the way Kobe contolled the game and demanding double or triple teaming. Years ago, he would have forced the issue. This playoff run is about how Kobe realizes less is more. Meaning fewer than 21 shots taken and Lakers win 89% of the time. Let’s not forget that it was Kobe who was the player of the game.