Lakers vs. Jazz – Game 1 Recap

Lakers vs. Jazz

109 – 98

Welcome to the real playoffs, LA. The 1st round was a mere warm-up for the Lakers while Utah had to fight a lil bit to finish Houston off. The Jazz had less than 48 hours while the Lakers had several days rest.

Game 1 was strange: parts of it looked like a blowout and parts of it looked like a really close game. The Lakers extended their lead to 15+ points a few times, but the Jazz always made a run to get the score close again. They nearly tied the game in the 4th quarter even tho they were down by 19 in the middle of the 3rd quarter. This will be a series soon, the Jazz never give up and if they can steal one from LA, it will be really hard for the Lakers to get home court back.

  • Player of the Game: Kobe Bryant – easy call – free throw galore (21/23 FTM-A), but nonetheless – 38 points, 7 assists, 6 rebounds and he carried his team through the whole game. Gasol had to take a seat next to Phil Jackson in the 1st quarter, because of two early fouls. You can’t afford to lose any of your big men when you play against the Jazz…unless you have Kobe at his finest on your roster.
  • Utah DOMINATED the boards – rebound war won 58-41 – plus Utah had 25 offensive rebounds – 25! If you think that the Lakers will win many games while giving up 25 offensive rebounds, you are crazy.
  • The Jazz took 22 more shots, but because of good lakers D and bad luck, they only hit 38% from the field and way less from deep.

The Lakers better don’t get cocky after this one. They struggle to get rebounds and allow way too many 2nd shot opportunities.

  • Mehmet Okur was one rebound shy of a 20-20 game – 21 points, 19 rebounds (8 on the offensive end)
  • Carlos Boozer turned the ball over 7 times – the rest of the Jazz turned the ball over only 6 times
  • Kyle Korver had five fouls in less than 20 minutes – yup, he got killed on the defensive end
  • Kirilenko was better and worse than I expected him to be at the same time. Better because his defense is still top-notch, worse because he isn’t a game-changer anymore. He is more passive and not as active as he was the last few seasons.

This one was a free throw galore. Kobe went to the stripe 23 times (but no bogus calls like D-Wade in the Finals), it was a physical game and Kobe took advantage of it. 60 fouls combined – 33 Jazz, 27 Lakers. Three players fouled out: Boozer, Kirilenko and Odom. Brewer and Korver had 5 each – that happens when decent (Brewer) or lousy (Korver) defenders guard Kobe.

The Jazz lost this game by double digits, but if they play with the same energy and hustle the next three games, they will be alright. Way more rebounds, 2nd chance points -> success in the playoffs. Boozer won’t turn the ball over that often, they will start hitting shots and Williams will figure out how to get around Fisher.

Quote of the Night

I think probably what confused him was how old I am. When he fakes, I don’t go for it because I can’t react that fast so I end up stealing it from him.” – Derek Fisher

The Lakers will have a hard time in game 2 and the games in Utah will be tough, but for now they should enjoy that they won game 1.

Kobe FT

MVP! MVP! MVP!

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One Response to “Lakers vs. Jazz – Game 1 Recap”

  1. kobe your my idol please go to manila please.

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