TLN’s Playoff Report: Lakers vs. Jazz [Game 3]

Well that… sucked.

First off, I have to tip my hat off to the Jazz. They came out the gate with a ton of energy and focus and it never really wavered throughout the game.

After going up by around ten in the second quarter, they never relinquished the lead and had an answer for every Laker run. These guys are definitely not the Nuggets. How unfortunate for us. I like competitive series as much as the next guy but it was fun destroying our opponents.

The Lakers on the other hand, matched their energy and execution only in spurts. Throughout the game the Jazz defense really took the Lakers out of their comfort zone offensively. In a particularly brilliant move, they really worked to make Pau as uncomfortable as possible.

All throughout the first half, they brought early doubles to him as soon as he got the ball which forced a lot of turnovers. With Pau neutralized, their passing grew incredibly stagnant as the Lakers would pretty much just hold the ball or dribble around and take contested shots without really getting into their inside outside inside game.

And then there’s Jordan Farmar. I generally like Jordan a lot, but what the hell has happened to him lately? His nonexistent performance in the playoffs hasn’t really been a problem before since Fish has really stepped up like a champ. However, with Derek in early foul trouble tonight, Jordan really bumbled it for us big time in the first and second quarters. Honestly, I would put the blame for this loss on him. Hopefully, he can bounce back, but his problems look more mental than anything. He’s making really bad decisions and missing shots that were automatic in the regular season.

That being said, this thing still went down to the wire which is very promising. Luke and Ronny returned to the land of the living and Kobe is showing the world why he’s the greatest. Lebron is a better closer than Kobe? Remember when saying that was fashionable? I’m looking at you John Hollinger.

The Michael Jordan Award for MVP of the Game: Kobe Bryant. I’ve seen a ton of Kobe Bryant and I’ve seen him do some pretty amazing things, but it still never ceases to amaze me. When the triangle fails, you can always rely on Kobe-ball to save the day. Okay, so it didn’t save the day today, but it almost did.

The Dominique Wilkins Award For Highlight of the Game: Kobe gets doubled. Kobe throws the ball off the backboard. Kobe runs through the double and dunks his own rebound. Who the hell does that in an NBA playoff game? Kobe Bryant that’s who. I predict Kobe will opt out. He will opt out to sign with the Justice League because the man is a superhero.

The Vince Carter Award for the Most Half Hearted Performance of the Game: Jordan Farmer and Vladimir Radmanovic. These guys need to really got it together.

The Lamar Odom Award for getting the same amount of points as rebounds: Lamar Odom. 13 points and 12 rebounds. How much more Lamar Odom can you get? Try throwing in 13 points on only 3 field goal attempts. That’s our Lamar!

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  • Banzai

    tough loss…Lakers just couldn’t get over the hump..Sunday I look to see the Lakers come out on a mission

  • gugy

    Damn,

    Well, let’s look on the bright side. The young team of the Lakers learned a lot tonight. I hope we will come back Sunday and kill them and finish this at Staples.

    Sometimes a good loss is a great thing.

    Go Lakers!

  • gugy

    Farmar and Rad need to step up. We need them, specially when we are in foul trouble.

    I think we can snatch a win Sunday and finish this at home on game 5. At least I hope so. I don’t want this to drag too long. We need to rest and fight the Spurs or Hornets. That will be a very hard match for us.
    Like I said previously, I hope we learn from this and the guys will come up stronger and better. I am definitely not expecting the Lakers to sweep all the way.
    Let’s focus on D and less turnovers. We will be fine.

    Go Lakers!

  • Lakers 24 7

    It wasn’t that bad of a loss, Jazz played their best and we only lost by 5 in “The Toughest Place to Play”, if Farmar and Vujacic have a good game Sunday, and we don’t turn it over too much, we got the win.

  • mars

    i hate getting headaches during games. but it’s okay, we haven’t lost since april 8! not that its a good thing but its about time! hahaha..

    but yeah, one think i wanna point out is that i’m very annoyed at how the lakers can not close out on players who are OBVIOUSLY hot during the game, like okur. i know the lakers can turn on their defense at any time, but it’s annoying to see the laziness in them on the defensive end. and playoffs is not the time to get lazy. stu lantz agrees with me.

    come on lakers, turn it around on sunday. you can do it.

  • mars

    oh and i agree with you about farmar, he pissed me off today.

    anyway go lakers!

  • http://nbafan24.webs.com kbfan24

    Horrible loss by the lakeshow

  • domz

    It’s not a bad loss though. I believe we can bounce back on sunday after I see the face ok Kobe when the buzzer sounds and the scoreboard says “99-104″. I also put the blame on this loss to Jordan, he is not only poor in offensive end but also in guarding Deron. So I hope he’ll go up early and watch the video tapes of game 3 and how horrible he performed and stay late in the practice, to retain his jumpers. Vlad was not that abd in this game until he went to the bench in the 1st Q.

    Another critical thing that happened is the turnover commited by Luke after he got the ball from Pau and deron’s jump ball. He was almost like Kwame in that one.

    Sasha was also off tonight. The only bench who played well tonight was Ronny, he surely has a big heart!!! KEep it Up Ronny!!!

    As for the next game, we gotta step it up and match or have greater aggressiveness than the home team. And maintain the composure throughout the game. I am expecting for adjustments and better offensive execution of our offense on game 4.

    So see yah Lakers nation on Sunday!!! Let’s support our team by sending positive vibes!!! They need it badly, believe me!!!

    A loss is sometimes needed for us to remind that we can do better the next time!

    GOODLUCK LAKERS!!!
    BEAT UTAH!!!

  • west213

    f uckin farmer pissed me off so bad i felt like breaking my tv, he coulndt make an easy layup or open jumpers. f uck him his not a playoff guy……never had an outstanding game like wish this past laker 7 playoff games……f uck u whiteboy!!!!!!!!

  • Thomas

    Well you said it at the begining of the article…the Lakers didn’t match the Jazz’s intencity and they came ready to play. We didn’t really wake up until late into the second half and the Jazz’s rebounding killed us, again. If we want to close out this series then we need to start rebounding. That has been our Achillies heel and it killed us down the stretch. Also it might help if Lamar could close out on Carlos Boozer in the fourth. I look for the Lakers to win in Utah on Sunday and go back to Los Angeles to wrap it up.

  • http://myspace.com/plummerrocks Machinehead18

    It was a tough loss but we havent lost in so long, that I knew that the first loss since then would be painful.

    I believe we will bounce back the next game and return to L.A. at 3-1.

  • Jack

    its all good. makes watching game 4 on sunday something to look forward to. isn’t it? now, win game 4 and win another in front of family and frens back at l.a.

  • Michael_23

    Framer doesn’t fare well against good point guards. Have you noticed his mediocre performance throughout the playoffs against Iverson and Williams? Next we’ll face CP3 or Tony Parker.

    We needed one of Vlad Rads monthly performance break out game tonight. Hopefully it’ll be Sunday. But the Lakers should have kept passing him the ball after hitting his 1st 2 shots. He might have been on a roll.

    This was probably Pau’s worse game as a Laker offensively. But thanks to Utah’s dirty D. I predicted this series would go 5 games. So hopefully this is the only loss of the series for the Lakers.

  • e

    wasnt the best defensive effort by the lakers…nor was it a good executing game =(

    sunday should be a different story tho

  • LakersAllDay

    Bench was horrible except for Turiaf.

    Sasha..Scoreless!

    Farmar..Scoreless/Disappointing! I really hate how he missed that fast break layup. Takes me back to the Kwame Brown days of missing easy shots.

    Luke…Butterfingers! The Lakers had a slight chance to tie/win it in the end but apparently Luke couldn’t control the ball. How could you lose the ball when it is tipped to you with no one trying to take it away.

    But im not worried about the Team. I already said it in my predictions (Lakers in 5).

    GO LAKERS!

  • phoebus

    i will tell you something.farmar heis not belong nba you know i know he is d-league player.

  • wahttehfuk

    the fucking refs were letting boozer bounce around all over the place, that was total bullshit. fucking home refs

  • Kobe08-09

    wow its good lose for us, lakers only lost by 5 when the JAzz played there best almost all of there big 3 had 20+ points and kobe only had 20+, and we lost by 5. We sucked this game and they played there best and we lost by 5 and we almost won but you know they will come out strong. Lets STEAL GAME 4

  • DCLAKER

    Kobe08-09,your right on point.Pau & LO need to box out more and please do us LAKER-NITES a BIIIIIIG favor……REBOUND!They do that, Game 4 is a wrap.

    This is why we need Ariza back(Bynum big time)because he can box and jump for the defensive or offensive rebound.

    Turnovers killed them as well.Farmar made some crucial mistakes but I think he’ll come back next game,he rarely has back to back horrible games.

  • Smush Walton

    It looks like we may have traded the wrong guard in the Pau deal. Jordan looks pretty inept out there. Deron Williams is having his way with him, and unfortunately he’s probably not going to fare much better against either Chris Paul or Tony Parker.

  • kPoAbUe

    When i read some of the comments some people said said f this player f that what is the matter it is just one loss. You cant expect them to go to the finals and sweep the Celtics. It’s okay we got the next game and we will come to Staples and finish them off.

  • kPoAbUe

    Lol i like the way that in the end at the locker room lamar said “see what happens” he was talking about the rebounding it was 38-35 Utah. Lakers should let them grab 60 bords instead of 38.

  • http://swishtheball.net andy or drew

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    what about the ucla vs. gonzaga game

  • http://swishtheball.net andy or drew

    put dj on boozer

    first of all dikembe mutumbo shut him down and he is from the same country. also DJ is just a younger version of Dikembe

    second of all, the reason we got dj was for defense

  • http://mrsfox411@aol.com FOXXY

    [Comment ID #35257 Will Be Quoted Here YES, OU HAVE TO LOSE IN ORDER TO SEE YOUR MISTAKES THAT NEED FIXIN...WE'LL BE GOOD NEXT GAME!!!!!

  • GeorgeM24

    Tough loss, hope the Lakers can adjust and bounce back for the Game on Sunday & steal that game.

  • Vaporize

    We’ll give this to Utah. That just means we win the series at home :P

    Anyways, our bench mob was like a bench mop tonight. Except for Luke (until the bobble at the end) and Ronnie (until the foul trouble), the bench was out of sync. Too many quick shots and TURNOVERS! I think we need to pound the post with Gasol next game more often. Also REBOUND…

    Lets get an early lead on sunday and silence the crowd.

  • kobe-wan kenobi

    what about 6 reb by the tallest and softest man on the floor?
    that is shame
    powis playing really bad, and also the 1st 2 games his playing was not good, only covered by all his dunks wide oped from assists by kobe and dfish!
    with this pow we do not go anywhere

  • playdefense

    tough loss but honestly the jazz had the game of their life. okur wont be that on fire the next game and boozer better enjoy it while it lasts because he does not shoot that well from the field and he coulnt miss on friday. game of boozers life. lakers only lost by five and pau didnt even show up. lakers bench was pathetic. farmar has no chance and will never have a chance on any point guard that is fast or big in this league. its ok, sunday should be different. sasha will wake up from his horrible shooting day and pau and luke will put some glue on their hands because they couldnt hold on to sh%t this game. kobe doesnt stop to amaze me.. those dunks, those shots. just shows everygame how amazing he is.. lakers win in five.

  • DCLAKER

    What about the Dunk?Kobe gets double-teamed,splits the defenders,throws it off the backboard and THROWS IT DOWN,UNBELIEVABLE!He earned his money,everyone else(except Turiaf)…….NO!

  • T-DUB

    the jazz played their best, we played like sh-it,and still could have won. i expect this to be over in 5, maybe 6 games. Farmar is not the pg of the future! career backup like i’ve said all along.

  • BringDFishBack

    Don’t get me wrong, Farmar played absolutely terrible, but he wasn’t even the worst player in game 3 nor did he lose the game. Pau was the worst player. He was turning it over constantly and his defense and rebounding are just terrible. How hard is it to guard Okur? Then he gives up rebounds on both ends, people are just going around him. He needs to step up his D and rebound the fricking ball. 6 rebounds when you’re 7 ft and play 40 mins? Odom can’t get all the rebounds. Take out Odom and they had 1 less offensive rebound than the Lakers had defensive rebounds. The other problem was why Farmar continues to guard Deron. He clearly can’t. He gets a screen and then there’s no help behind it, and when Deron goes the other way and since Farmar has to get around as soon as possible Deron just goes the other way and drives. Then if none of that happens, Deron just posts up. Is it that hard to figure out? Farmar on Brewer, Kobe on Deron. I have no idea why that didn’t happen. Then by getting burned on defensive his confidence just gets killed and he can’t do anything on offense. Deron is just a bad matchup for him, and hopefully Fish can continue to step up. I don’t expect these problems from anyone else in the playoffs should the Lakers move on.

  • Big Phil

    Jordan Farmar looks mentally weak out there. He has the look of Smush throughout the playoffs…playing no defense whatsoever, just letting Deron Williams blow by him. He looks completely lost out there, missing layup after layup and turning over the ball. You figure after several years in the league and being with Smush for two years, you learn how not to play the PG position. Jordan, wise up, play smart and tough!

  • Big Phil

    Btw, I agree with T-Dub…Jordan will be a career back-up PG from team to team…If he continues to play like the Smush…it’s going to be cya…

  • http://lakers.com lakers818

    UTAH

  • http://lakers.com lakers818

    UTAH WON BECAUSE OF THE M”"” f”"” REFEREESS….I THINK WE SHOULD PUT A CLAIM OF LAWSUIT CAZ I THINK THE UTAH PAID THE REF’S IN THIS….FOULS FOULS FOULS EVERY CALL…WTF…..
    I HATE THAT M”f’ BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOzer DAM FAT FOO
    N OH YEA LAKERS NEEEEEEEEEEED TO REEBBBOUNDDD THE BALL….

    GASOL TAKE SOME STEROIDS OR SOMETHING….GET THE REBOUND N BLOCK SHOTS LIKE ITS NOTHING..WAKE UP BE A MAN..DAM STR8 UP

    IM PISS..

    LAKERS BETTER WINNNNN
    OR ELSE EME GO CRAZYYYY

  • gugy

    I am starting to miss J Crit! :-(

    Farmar, wake up and play like a man (Fisher)

  • e

    farmar just needs to realize that he’s not a three point shooter…his game is midrange and drive in layups…he should also look to be more of the conventional pg in which he looks to drive in, draw attention and kickout

  • DCLAKER

    I think we ALSO need to add another PG to our Laker hopeful wish list.

    Baron Davis
    TJ Ford
    Juan Carlos Navarro
    Sebastian Telfair
    Stephon Marbury(another of Kobe’s buddies)
    Ben Gordon
    Juan Dixon
    ……..or GET CRITT.BACK,ASAP!

  • http://lakernation.com lak4life

    We need to start wearing those original purple and gold jerseys, not those blue and gold jerseys. This isn’t baseball

  • http://lakernation.com lak4life

    We need to start wearing those original purple and gold jerseys, not those blue and gold jerseys. This isn’t baseball

  • SliqRiq

    I knew we traded the wrong gaurd when we let Crittenton go, Farmar is just not the PG of the future for this team as simple as that…. I think his ears bother him lol

  • ab4sure

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    what an asshole u are… luv to see u say that to farmar to his face and he would knock the shyt out of you. Actually he wouldn’t do it becuz he has class plus he doesn’t want to pay you the 1 million dollars you would sue him for. What a scumbag you are!!!

  • DingleBerry

    great write up I couldn’t agree more. we are getting out physicaled out there. here is a quick solution to start the game. start ronny over vlad. we will control the boards and defense will be that much better.

    you put pau on okur
    you put ronny on boozer
    you put LO on ak47
    you put kb on brewer
    you fish on deron

    I guarantee we would be able to bang much better that way and probably out rebound them. we control the boards we win the game that simple…..

  • DCLAKER

    DingleBerry,I like that idea,let’s hope Phil is online to read it.

  • Vaporize

    Yea, lets get Ronnie a start. He’s producing more than vlad where we especially need it- on D. Ronnie won’t be giving any gimme lay-ups. We just can’t have him pick up 3 fouls in 30 seconds.

  • Big Phil

    I like DingleBerry’s suggestion…besides Farmar, the other Smush copy is Vlad…his doesn’t know what D is. Come on Pau, you’re smart…now toughen up…eat ur wheaties and hit the weight room man. Start looking for another PG to take over when Dfish retires…cause it ain’t gonna be Farmar.

  • LakersFirst

    The Lakers lost this game because they didn’t match the energy and intensity of the Jazz. The only Lakers that played with any aggression were Kobe and Fish. In addition, the Lakers never played a balanced game. When they played well on offense, their defense as terrible. When their defense became strong, they would turn the ball over on the offensive end.

    Lastly, why is everyone now saying we traded the wrong guard? Uh guys, Critt barely f’n played when he was on the Lakers. The only times he really played was in garbage time. How can you guys say you would rather have Critt, a player with no playoff experience, over Farmar, a guy who has playoff experience and won the majority of the minutes over Critt? Yes, Farmar played like sh*t, but don’t send the entire team (other than Kobe and Fish). Don’t get me wrong, I think Critt will be a good NBA player, but in this current situation, I don’t think it sensible to assume that Critt would produce a hell of lot more. Quit being fairweathered and support the current players on the team.

  • LakersFirst

    The Lakers lost this game because they didn’t match the energy and intensity of the Jazz. The only Lakers that played with any aggression were Kobe and Fish. In addition, the Lakers never played a balanced game. When they played well on offense, their defense as terrible. When their defense became strong, they would turn the ball over on the offensive end.

    Lastly, why is everyone now saying we traded the wrong guard? Uh guys, Critt barely f’n played when he was on the Lakers. The only times he really played was in garbage time. How can you guys say you would rather have Critt, a player with no playoff experience, over Farmar, a guy who has playoff experience and won the majority of the minutes over Critt? Yes, Farmar played like sh*t, but so did the entire team (other than Kobe and Fish). Don’t get me wrong, I think Critt will be a good NBA player, but in this current situation, I don’t think it sensible to assume that Critt would produce a hell of lot more. Quit being fairweathered and support the current players on the team.

  • gugy

    Guys, be patient.

    We just got too used to sweep and win our opponents. we all know harder match ups are coming our way. I actually think the loss was a good thing for us. The Lakers now have their eyes wide open and they are trying to improve and adjust the mistakes they made.

    It’s better do that now at 2-1 than later when we could be in a harder position.

    Have faith guys, Tomorrow we might win and finish this at Staples on wednesday.

  • ab4sure

    Won’t happen as far as rotations. Phil doesn’t like to mess too much with rotations… plus having Pau guard Okur near the 3 pt line is not to wise to have a 7ftr. on the perimeter.

  • DCLAKER

    I said we need another PG because Farmar seems to play harder when he knows the competition is breathing down his throat,like Critt.I don’t mean trade’em,HELL NO but he needs to understand that this is The Playoffs and there is NO EXCUSE for that type of play,HE’S WAY BETTER THAN THAT but if you don’t wanna win,well,maybe you wanna SIT DOWN….next to Phil.

    All Pau has to do is jump or go to YOUTUBE or videotape,compact disc,betamax,WHATEVER and watch his 1st game vs The Nets,Suns(Classic), The Hawks and The Nuggets(1st game of Playoffs).

  • ek

    Straight up…Farmar sucks and that being said you guys here think he is “our future point guard” what a joke. From day one I have always said Walton sucks too. Dude got a huge contract and is not living up to the money he is receiving. Trust me if we lose the NBA championship this year….these dudes will be traded asap.

  • DingleBerry

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    Pau is already out there trying to lead the break anyway. he is not a banger at all. ronny is!!!!