We 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.