The Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz meet for the third consecutive year in the playoffs. The Jazz couldn't avoid the Lakers much longer.
The Lakers faced a legitimate challenge in the Thunder. We'd be talking about a Game 7 if Nick Collison only boxed out Pau Gasol to prevent him from getting that putback. When the Lakers are actually playing that inside-out game, they're pretty much invincible. As it is, they don't... and it really makes me question the overall basketball IQ of the team from Kobe Bryant to the whole coaching staff. They are one of the lengthiest teams out there. Not to mention that their bigs are very skilled as well. So it continues to baffle everyone on why they don't use that. It's like the Lakers want to go through the hard way to beat a team. But people have to be encouraged by Kobe Bryant's performance.