The game began with Kobe Bryant receiving the MVP trophy. After he got the award Kobe started playing around with his daughters. Is it just me, or does Kobe play with his family on camera more than any other player in NBA history? I’m not saying anything against it or anything, I just think it’s kind of funny. Not only is Kobe Bryant the number #1 basketball player he’s also the number #1 dad. What a guy!
The game itself was pretty interesting in that the Jazz really came out playing a lot better than they did in Game 1. More interesting than that is the Lakers playing even better. Their execution in the first quarter was probably the best it has been since Game 1 against the Nuggets as they just kept pounding it inside to Gasol. After the first quarter The Lakers went up by fifteen and put it on cruise control the rest of the way.
It’s scary how good The Lakers are when they are clicking. With their speed, length and passing, there really isn’t a team out there that can’t prevent them from getting whatever shot they want. During the Denver series a lot of people (myself included) might have held off on fully believing in this team’s offensive dominance because Denver has terrible defense but after watching the Lakers pick apart what is generally a very good defensive team in the Utah Jazz, I don’t think anybody can deny that this team is an absolute monster.
There is a downside though. That level of precision seems to come and go in spurts. As the game wore on, our execution was getting noticeably sloppier which makes me wonder, can we maintain that precision for a whole game? I don’t think this Jazz team is good enough that we would need to, but if we win this series the team that’s waiting for us is probably the Hornets and they have been just as big a warpath as the Lakers. And unlike Allen Iverson or Deron Williams, we can’t stop Chris Paul.
The Michael Jordan Award for MVP of the Game: I probably should give this to Kobe for not only having a monstrous game but for winning the actual MVP, in the spirit of his acceptance speech I will be splitting this award up between Kobe, Lamar and Fish. I feel like Lamar must have been personally offended by the Jazz’s dominance on the glass in Game 1 as he came up huge with a game high 16 rebounds. Take that Okur! Fisher on the other hand couldn’t miss hitting 7-10 including a huge 3 in the 4th.
The Dominique Wilkins Award For Highlight of the Game: I would say this is a two way tie between Sasha passing to Derek for a huge 3 at the top of the key and Kobe wild out of control drive leading to a crazy pass around Okur’s *head to Gasol for a dunk.
*I think it was a Okur. It could have been Kirilenko.
The Vince Carter Award for the Most Half Hearted Performance of the Game: I should give the award to Vlad Rad who has been such a huge disappointment this Post-Season but I’m going to give it to the Big Booze he’s supposed to be their guy. I mean he’s on their split face commercials for crying out loud! He needs to spend less time waxing his eyebrows and more time… actually on second thought, I should be glad he’s playing poorly. Never mind. Keep it up, Booze!
The Linas Kleiza Award for Random Bench Player Coming Out of Semi Obscurity and Destroying the Lakers: Paul Milsap. I know right? God, that was annoying.
Final Thought: You know what would be really cool? If the NBA would set up a dunk contest between Pau Gasol and Tim Duncan. It would be like the Jordan vs. Nique battle, only the exact opposite. It would be like, who can dunk by jumping the lowest.