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  1. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz Game 4: It's over, but the Jazz want it to be over on their terms

    May 10, 2010, 3:12 PM EST

    Three losses. By a total of 14 points. All where the Jazz had a fourth-quarter lead. That is a tough out. Tonight the Lakers look to sweep the Jazz in a series that is decided. The only thing not decided is how much the Lakers get before the Game 1 with the Suns next Sunday…

  2. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz Game 3: The Jazz get everything they want, except the win

    May 9, 2010, 12:51 AM EST

    What if? Not just what if Deron Williams nailed the crossover 22-footer, a favorite move of his and a shot he has buried so many times before? Not what if Wesley Mathews tip chance off that shot had gone in? But for the Utah Jazz, what if you do basically everything you want to do,…

  3. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz Game 3: To beat LA, the Jazz are going to have to improvise

    May 8, 2010, 1:00 PM EST

    Improvisation is one of the cornerstones of jazz. Except in Utah. The Jazz are one of the most structured teams in the NBA, they execute their flex offense with a precision no team in the Association can match. Crisp passes, plenty of off-the ball movement, flashes into the high post, back door cuts. It tore…

  4. Sure, but can Andrew Bynum or Pau Gasol dance as well as Kosta Koufos?

    May 5, 2010, 12:33 PM EST

    Sure, Pau Gasol can get you 22 points and 15 rebounds. And Kosta Koufos can get you two points and one board and barely get off the Jazz bench in a series where they are in desperate need of size. But if you’re going to a club, going to impress the ladies with your groove,…

  5. No Andrei Kirilenko for Jazz in game 2

    May 4, 2010, 6:59 PM EST

    Andrei Kirilenko’s calf could be a deciding factor in the Lakers/Jazz second round series… and it’s still not right. Kirilenko will not suit up for game two tonight in Staples Center. He told the Salt Lake Tribune’s Ross Siler and others he might be ready for game three. Maybe. But Kirilenko thought he would be…

  6. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz Game 2: Can the Jazz find a way to get easy buckets? That or grow taller.

    May 4, 2010, 4:14 PM EST

    It was clearly a shock to the Jazz’s system. They came from facing a Denver defense where the players’ main goal is to get back on offense, there is no discipline in the system, nobody really breaking up the passing lanes on Jazz cuts. There were a lot of easy baskets. Then they have to…

  7. Quote of the day, Jerry Sloan is a graphic man

    May 3, 2010, 12:55 PM EST

    “They will take your nose and stick it in the ground and turn around on their heels on top of you, that’s how good they are.” –Utah Jazz coach Jerry Sloan, describing how tough the Lakers are after losing game one.

  8. Andrew Bynum hasn't got time for the pain, but will have summer surgery

    May 3, 2010, 11:40 AM EST

    Spring is here – humming birds are buzzing, flowers are blooming, birds are migrating to their summer homes, Andrew Bynum is injured. Every time Bynum makes a play right now, you can see him grimace a little. He will likely need off-season knee surgery to fix a tear in the lateral meniscus of his right…

  9. NBA Playoffs: Lakers Jazz Game 1: The Lakers are a big, long team and that's a problem for Utah

    May 2, 2010, 7:12 PM EST

    It was feeling like a lazy Sunday at Staples Center — Mr. Pibb and Red Vines equals crazy delicious. The Lakers were exploiting their numerous matchup advantages against the Jazz, Kobe was getting into the lane, the crowd was checking their Blackberries and LA was comfortable and up between 8 and 12 points for seeming…

  10. Andrew Bynum will start for Lakers, how long he goes remains to be seen

    May 2, 2010, 2:53 PM EST

    Andrew Bynum is going to give it a shot in game one, and Phil Jackson is going to start him, he said in his pregame press conference. “Andrew is prepared to play…” Jackson said. “If he’s limited in what he can do. His ability to run, pull out, if it’s something that’s going to hamper…

  11. NBA Playoffs, Lakers Jazz game 1: Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan get together, again

    May 2, 2010, 12:34 PM EST

    Did Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan even bother to look at the advanced scouting reports for this series? These two coaches — running the exact same systems — have been going at it since the mid 1990s. There are no secrets here. No surprises, no new counters that have not been tried multiple times before.…

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