After about the first quarter I knew this game was over. We were up by thirteen and it was a dominant +13. We shut them down on defense and on offense we got basically whatever we wanted. The craziest thing was that it didn’t even look like we were really going all out. It was like all we were doing was executing and playing how we should and that was enough to pick apart this Utah Jazz team.

By the end of the third quarter, I was thinking about getting a head start on this post-game and wax poetic about how this is a new Lakers team. This is the team of the future. Hornets? Spurs? Who cares! Lakers, baby!

Then the fourth quarter came and snapped me back to reality. This is not a new Lakers team. This is the same ass Lakers team that we’ve been following all season. The Laker team that can blow out the best teams the NBA has to offer and then lose the Grizzlies and Bobcats. This is still our Lakers…

And you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way. They may be flawed, but it’s never a dull moment with our Lakers. 12 minutes left and up by 16? Mmmmm, that’s pretty good, but how about up by 3 with 19 seconds. Yeah that sounds better. That sounds like compelling drama.

Kobe said this is a Hollywood script. It seems to be a very fitting description.

Team Assessments

Utah Jazz: They came out the gate looking very demoralized or something. I don’t know what it was, but they just didn’t seem like they had much energy and I didn’t get a feeling from them like they really believed they could win. Everyone looked really flat.

Everyone except Deron Williams and Paul Milsap. Not surprisingly that big run in the fourth was sparked by those guys. Deron Williams really impressed me in last years playoffs and after watching him closely throughout this series, I’m even more impressed. He’s a very special player and he’s going to be a real threat for years to come.

The Los Angeles Lakers: Remember earlier in the season when we were the best rebounding team in the league? Yeah, neither do I. Go Mamba!

The Michael Jordan Award for MVP of the Game: Kobe Bryant. The team for the most part played well, but when the Jazz put us on the ropes it was the Mamba who took it home for us. MVP indeed (interesting observation: Kobe and AK47 have been shooting the 3 ball like garbage the entire series, yet they come up with the biggest 3’s of the game).

The Dominique Wilkins Award For Highlight of the Game: Kobe’s long range and 1 bank shot in the Fourth Quarter.

The NBA – Where Lamar Odom Makes Clutch Free Throws with the Game on the Line Happens Award: I honestly never thought I’d write that sentence. Where Amazing Happens, indeed.

The Lamar Odom Award for Getting the Same Amount of Points as Rebounds: Lamar Odom put up 13 points and 9 rebounds. That’s pretty Lamar Odom of you Lamar Odom, but check these numbers out courtesy of Carlos Boozer: 14 rebounds and 12 points. Okur was like a throwback Lamar with 16 points and 10 rebounds, and lets not forgot Lamar’s big buddy Pau Gasol chipping in 17 points and 13 rebounds.

Just look at that box score. It’s Lamar Odom fever, baby! And the only cure is to try and get the same amount of points as rebounds.

  • GotAce


    Hello WCF.

    Bring it.

  • kb

    DAM RITE LETS GO ALL THE WAY HOPE FULLY BYNUM WOULD BE READY ARIZA LETS GET ALL GUNS LOADED

  • LAL FAN

    Needs more cowbell.

  • PeanutButterSpread

    even when the Jazz were making their desperate comeback, I didn’t feel the Lakers would lose.

    I don’t know what you’re talking about, but “this” Lakers team lost to the Grizzlies and Bobcats without Gasol in the lineup … and the Jazz didn’t get into the playoffs for kicks neither, they’re a really good team that has shown consistently throughout this series that they won’t roll over and die. It’s the same Lakers team that ended the regular season with that whooping of the Hornets only to let the Hornets get back within 3. It’s not that the Lakers can’t put away opponents, it’s just that they’re playing against really good teams as well that again, won’t just roll over die.

    Either way, Game 6 was a great indication that the Lakers have a chance to win it all.

  • ALX

    LO feverrrrrrrrr!!! LOL!
    this win goes to the face of all those Jazz fans! stay at home and watch LA take it!

  • http://pigskinweekly.com Jordan

    Hey does anyone know what all the Jazz fans were yelling during the first half of the game? I couldn’t make it out…I don’t think it was “Lakers Suck”….anyone got a clue?

  • Sopi

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    referee suck

  • ed

    We almost blew it in the fourth. Jackson’s 4th quarter rotations suck. Should have played the starters in the beginning and blow the game wide open, at least FISH. I’m the first to say that Farmar sucked this series, but Deron Williams will do that to an opposing guard, especially a sophmore guard. I think Farmar will take this and become better. Don’t know why people want to trade him. Guess they’re the same people who wanted to get rid of Lamar. Anyways, I still think we need to work on crashing the boards and stop flopping. We gotta go to the basket with mean intentions (errr. LUKE and PAU). The defense was superb for 2.5 quarters. Seems like when the bench comes in their defensive rotations are slow or they get confused.

  • vida8

    when odom made his FT’s and when fish missed his …that was kinda really surprisin to me…..
    oh hell kobe’s poison in the 4th were killer than ever …
    great win..i would like to thank vlade and sasha for havin great game tonight …the other they did what they had to do…which was have a good game …it was great win …

  • roscoe

    also refs you suck. what they were chanting in the second half..

  • Sopi

    gasol please go bak to the gym and lift some weights
    and please do JUMP when you try to grab deffensive rebounds!!!

  • pio2u

    It was prety, it got ugly but the guys played with poise down the stretch & made some cluch FT’s. KOBE was KOBE (thank goodness). Bring on whoever, “WE’RE READY!”

  • brian

    I agree with alot of people in that Pau’s weakest part of his game is lack of physical strength. If it wasn’t for his looooooooong arms and the ability to dunk / lay it up without having to do much jumping, i’m not sure if ppl would think as highly of him. Still, he is a great player and we all know this but we also know that he gets bounced around the hoop and can never put himself in a position close to the rim because he is weak. He NEEDS to get stronger!

    that being said, A STEP CLOSER TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP BABY!! WE’VE GOTTEN HALF THE WINS WE NEED TO CAPTURE THAT RING WOULD BRING THE GLORIOUS DAYS BACK TO LA AND TO US THE TRUE LAKER FANS!! LET’S GET IT DONEEEE

  • http://nbafan24.webs.com kbfan24

    Great win by the lakers. No lets go and take care of business with the Hornets or Spurs.

  • http://nbafan24.webs.com kbfan24

    Sorry for mispell. “Now lets go and take care of business with the Hornets or Spurs”.

  • http://thelakersation.com/blog PauKobeBynumDynasty

    Alright, Western Conference Finals here we come!!!

    I think Kobe is some sort of story writer…the game was probably just like the way he thought it would be.

  • http://thelakersation.com/blog PauKobeBynumDynasty

    Interesting fact….every game that the Lakers or Jazz have won have been wire-to-wire. There have been 0 lead changes in this series…not even in the early minutes!

  • http://losangelessource.com/lakers/ Lane

    A road win! Someone actually won a road game in the West in this round! I held my breath at the end. It seemed destined for overtime. On to the conference finals. 8 wins down, 8 to go!

    http://losangelessource.com/lakers/

  • True Lakers Fan

    that no look pass from fish to kobe was sick WCF!!!!!!!!!!!! BABY in the words of rock ” JUST BRING IT ” PUMP UP THE VOLUME

  • T-DUB

    Pau definitely can be pushed off the block. he is soft. but i don’t that’ll be an issue when Bynum gets back. it’s hard finding a way to improve this team…other than a long term PG. Farmar is not him. I felt we can get to the finals without Bynum…but now i’m starting to believe we can beat the celts or the pistons without him!

  • Luis 24

    Glorious days, i would never have thought that 3 years ago when he had that crap ass season with like 34 wins, the season were we blew a 3-1 lead, and last year when we had Kwame Brown and Smush Parker in our line-up starting and also the terrible summer that we had to deal with kobe wanting to be traded and our stupid FO not doing anything. What happens Bynum becomes a beast, Our bench blossoms, everything clicking and get a good deal with Ariza. Boom Bynum down,Ariza down its over:(. BAM!! Mitch pulls a rabbit from his hat; Welcome to L.A Pau Gasol. now we in position to win the Championship. Glory days back in L.A

  • The Machine

    Thanks to all ove dee fahns dat stood by me afder Wednesday’s win and me going 1-11; is good last night, no?

    I’m a shooter and improving my dee-fenze every game. C’mon guys, geev me credit…a litto bit please.

    Don’t ford-get, if I was zo bad, Phil wouldn’t play me in the fourth quarter on the road in the most host-tile environment in de NBA.

    Go Lakers, yes.

  • n9

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    They were chanting “Ref you suck”. It was the best cause right when they were chanting that the refs got Darren Williams on a Fisher 3 point foul.

  • daboss1848

    PJ PJ PJ . . . once again, did his best to make the game more difficult than it should have been by putting out inexplicable lineups on the floor. How hard is it to have at least 2 of our 4 guys (KB, LO, Pau, Fish) on the floor at all times?!?!

  • playdefense

    lets get some rest and get healthy cuz the next series aint going to be any easier. celtics dont worry me at all. they have been exposed. pistons, spurs, hornets are all great and dangerous teams. even with that said, lakers are still the best team in the league. kobe is unbelievable.

  • Lakers 24 7

    The Jazz are too good of a home team to get blown out, it was obvious they were gonna make a run, thats what this game is based on, runs. But the Lakers held them off and thats all that matters.

  • sean

    dude farmar did the best he can do agains deron williams. i mean deron williams is a great point guard i mean look what he did to chris paul during the season he just plain shut him out!

  • http://swishtheball.net kobe-drew-pau-l.o.-fish

    how will ew guard c-paul or parker

  • gugy

    I think PJ is trying to give some real experience to some of the players. That’s why you see different line ups at the last quarter.

    Let’s give PJ some credit. the man has 9 rings and he knows what he is doing.

    Go Lakers, I hope we get the Spurs and then Detroit.

  • MILO

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    Ronny suck’s… they were still mad about the hard foul on price!!!

  • SliqRiq

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    CORRECTION!

    Actually both teams led once in the series and the other team came back to win.

    Jazz led game one 4 – 0 to start lakers went on an 9 – 0 run and never trailed again.

    Lakers led 11 – 3 in game three and when fisher got his 2nd foul Jazz went on a 10 – 0 run and never trailed again.

    Games 2,4,5 and 6 were wire to wire leads with the Lakers winning games 2,5, and 6.

    Go Lakers!!!!!!

  • RD

    is bynum coming back?

  • kevio2000

    I don’t know what happend to farmar he has just lost all of his confidence and when he is out there it 4 against 5 so in the offseason we need to upgrade that position via trade or free agency since we only have a 2nd round pick due to the pg trade but I think we will be just fine as is.

  • varsityoptimism

    you should not write “we” when referring to the team. it is unprofessional and incorrect for sports journalism.

  • Laaffiliation024

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    lol big deal?

  • Rpoc

    Nothing like jizzing on Utah on their homecourt. Nothing like it.

  • Kobe08-09