NBA Roundtable

Game Two: Los Angeles vs Utah

In 2008 NBA Playoffs, Game Log / Recap on May 8, 2008 at 5:10 am

Nice award ceremony. Wonder how much KIA is paying for it’s name next to these awards?

Big game. Every game in this series is a big game. Two championship caliber teams with great offenses and solid defenses. Two squads that can win on each other’s home court. This is a tough series and an excellent series.

  • Chuck remembering his team lost to Seattle when he won the MVP. Kenny remembers Hakeem lighting up David Robinson when D-Rob beat him for the award in 1995. Kenny recanting Hakeem’s reluctance to accept the award and bringing all his teammates up to accept it along with him. Great moments.
  • Kobe hugging and high fiving all his teammates before the game starts. Lakers starting to get their game faces on. Deron Williams is already on the court jumping up and down, look for Deron to take control of the tempo early, he looks pumped.
  • LA win the tap and get a quick hoop from Radmanovic
  • Utah work their way into the halfcourt, Brewer has it at the top of the key, Kobe deflects the pass, shot clock violation. Wait there’s been a call somewhere, Utah ball new shotclock, Utah retain possession. Kirilenko knocks a 17 footer down off the inbounds pass.
  • Kirilenko down in the post, spins middle, pivots back inside the weak defensive stance of Radmanovic and gets the layup
  • Brewer off the cut, easy two.
  • The game is tied at 6.
  • Lamar Odom catches the pass near the top of the key, drives right, spins left into the middle of the paint, layup
  • Memo Okur from the left elbow with a face up jumper
  • Kobe Bryant dribbles down the court, knifes by Brewer, pull up J from 16 feet on the right wing. Nice move, nice shot.
  • The game has started at a fast pace. Lakers lead 12-11 after 3 minutes.
  • Brewer gets to the rim, heavily contested, misses the layup, rebound Odom, fastbreak LA, missed layup on the other end. Utah come right back down, get to Kirilenko, he hits a wide open 17 footer just off the right elbow
  • Deflection on the pass to Memo, Kirilenko dives on it to save possession, misses the ball, out of bounds. Utah ball. Inbounds to Deron, Deron with an 18 footer off the dribble along the baseline off the inbounds pass.
  • Timeout
  • Lakers lead 15-13
  • Pick and pop between Deron and Okur, Deron drives into the paint, runs into trouble, Okur cuts into the lane to bail out his point, recieves the pass, loses control of the ball, Lakers steal.
  • Lakers run the other way, dunk Pau Gasol
  • Okur misses a three from the left wing
  • Great ball movement by the Lakers to beat the zone, Odom layup. Fisher had it in the right corner, back to the right wing to Kobe, to Gasol in the high post off the elbow, to Odom 5 feet from the rim on the left block, first dribble of the sequence to gather himself and take out the defender, layup. Lovely passing. Instant passing. Great ball movement
  • Kobe gets the iso on the right wing, he takes and nails the three with Brewer in his face
  • Another Jazz turnover, they haven’t scored in awhile, 9-0 Laker run
  • Lakers lead 22-13
  • Radmanovic in the paint over Brewer, blows the layup, turnover after Radmanovic gets a loose ball foul. He got a good shot against Brewer though, look for LA to go back to that matchup
  • Millsap throwing the inbounds pass on the baseline, Odom is all over him. Millsap throws it over the top beyond the three point line. What a weapon Odom is for denying entry passes. Great length and activity.
  • Kobe picks Okur’s pocket, foul on Okur, frustration foul as he holds Kobe back to stop the break. Kobe hits one of two. He has 10 points already
  • Brewer stands in Odom’s way in the backcourt after the rebound, Odom tries to go around him, loses the ball out of bounds
  • Kobe drives into the paint, dishes to Odom, Odom pushed, no call, Odom falls out of play knocks the ball of a Jazz defender out of bounds. Lakers ball. Timeout
  • Okur picks up his second foul, he sits down
  • Gasol hits from the line. TNT’s coverage here is falling apart, they keep going to graphics while the game is on, I have no idea what’s happening here.
  • Millsap fouled by Kobe on a hard drive move
  • Fisher from three from the left corner. Lakers lead 28-18.
  • Boozer has two fouls also
  • Fisher hits another three from that left corner, this time over Millsap
  • Millsap with the 15 footer on the right wing over Odom on the face up out of the post, miss, rebound Turiaf
  • Derek Fisher beats Deron to the spot, Deron loses the ball out of play after the receiving the outlet pass while trying to avoid the charge. Great defense.
  • Lakers 8-0 run here
  • Kobe gets a charging foul, his second.
  • Turnover, Lakers fast break, Farmar ahead to Walton on the left wing, Walton jumps up to force the pass, the lane is closed off, he hits the trailer Vujacic for the 18 footer, miss. The Jazz come back the other way, 5 or so seconds left in the half, Utah push it ahead to Kirilenko on the left wing beyond the three point line, he dribbles inwards, Odom stays in the paint, Odom wants him to shoot, Kirilenko shoots the 17 footer at the buzzer. No.
  • Second half
  • Lakers lead 33-18
  • Boozer inside, loose ball foul, that’s his third, he’s back on the bench
  • Luke Walton drives on Harpring, sticks his head down and bullies his way to the rim, looks up at the last second but misses the layup
  • Millsap inside finishes over Turiaf off the glass. He went straight down the middle of the paint, Turiaf let him loose.
  • Farmar from 19 feet after Ronnie Price fell over
  • Price takes a quick three but misses. Bad shot. Lot of time still on the clock, work the ball inside
  • Gasol has the defensive rebound slip out of his hands out of bounds
  • Harpring with a great cut, layup off the inbounds pass
  • Rebound Harpring, Price pushes the ball, he’s blazing through the middle in the open court, gets by the three point line, nobody stops him, defense collapses, Price kicks it to the left corner, Korver in about 15 feet of open space, nobody is near him, he shoots it from three, hits it
  • Timeout LA, Jazz make an 8-2 run
  • Vujacic comes off a screen, nails a three over Korver from the right wing
  • Backdoor cut by Korver, layup
  • Lamar Odom pokes Millsap in the eye on the offensive glass
  • Korver on a screen off Collins, catch and shoot from 17 feet, misses
  • Harpring off a screen, misses, rebound Harpring, to Korver for three, misses, Odom tips it out to himself, passes ahead to Farmar, fastbreak, Farmar layup, blocking foul. He hits two at the line.
  • Millsap with a nice move in the block, spun left into the paint, up and under, pivots right, layup and the foul.
  • Gasol from Walton. Nice cut and finish
  • Price gets the runner to go over Gasol
  • Odom on the iso on Millsap along the baseline, drives to his left, spins right, Millsap expects it beats him to the spot and forces him into a tough shot, miss, Odom hits the offensive glass, grabs the rebound on the opposite side of the rim and gets fouled on the floor
  • Gasol with the hammer dunk on the spin move out of the post
  • Deron with a nice feed to Millsap, missed layup
  • Deron finds Harpring in the lane, misses, Millsap scores and gets the foul. He has 10 points. Millsap has almost double the amount of points the second leading scorer for the Jazz has. Utah has 4 players with 5-6 points.
  • Deron Williams has been awful quiet in this game. He needs to step it up. Fisher is doing a terrific job defensively on Williams.
  • Gasol grinding down low on Okur, layup
  • Harpring into the corner to Korver, Korver drives on Bryant, kicks it to Okur, Okur takes one dribble right, pump fake, gets Radmanovic off hsi feet and gets the foul. He hits one at the line.
  • The Jazz have played badly tonight. They’re only down 11 though. They’re a run away from being right back in this.
  • Doug Collins thinks LA should go all out and try to make a run here to push this lead up before halftime
  • There’s five minutes remaining in the half
  • Okur drives by Gasol, layup
  • Odom drives into the paint, out to Fisher, Fisher rotates the ball up top, Kobe has it, Kobe drives into the paint, dishes it off to Gasol for the layup. Nice ball movement by LA.
  • Fisher dribbles up and takes the three on the slow break. Big shot.
  • Millsap down low on Odom, gets the layup. Millsap has 13 which is a career playoff high and a game high for both teams
  • Fisher steps in and nails the 18 footer. Fish is 5/6 from the floor for 12 points.
  • Fisher strips Millsap, Millsap holds onto it, kicks it out, Jazz swing the ball, Deron for three at the shot clock buzzer, hits it.
  • Gasol fouled on the reach in
  • Lakers lead 55-43 with two and a half to play. Lakers are failing to push this lead. They’re playing too well and too much above the Jazz to allow them hang in like this. Utah will make a run and they will get this lead back. LA has to make their superior play count and push this lead out of reach.
  • Gasol hits two at the line, this is going back to the reaching foul a moment ago
  • Deron dribbling upcourt, over to Kirilenko, inside to Korver who had position inside on Vujacic, layup
  • Gasol on the left elbow, swings the ball low, drives inside, gets stripped, turnover
  • Gasol rejects Utah’s fastbreak layup
  • Kirilenko finishes the layup over Odom on the break. Ten point game.
  • Gasol hits the cutting Bryant, he shoots the fallaway high off the glass. Kobe’s first bucket of the quarter.
  • Deron hits Korver for another layup
  • Odom inside, draws the foul on Millsap. Jazz in the penalty.
  • Millsap with the face up J from 15 feet on the left blcok, miss
  • Fisher drives into the paint hits Gasol, layup, no foul. Gasol hits both at the line. The lead is back to 14.
  • There’s 21.8 seconds remaining in the half. The Jazz will hold it for the last shot of the quarter. Millsap inbounds it to Deron, Deron brings it up, calls a set play, holds the ball, high screen and roll, second high screen and roll, fakes using the second, drives the other way, gets into the paint, lob pass to the cutting Kirilenko, AK47 loses his balance on the catch, still gets up a shot, miss.
  • Halftime
  • Team Stats – The Lakers have done a much better job on the glass tonight. The rebounding battle is tied at 19. Utah still has 8 offensive rebounds to 2, then again they’ve missed about 50% more of their shots than LA. Speaking of which the Lakers have shot 61% from the floor on 36 shots, they’re 4-6 from three and 15-19 from the line. Utah are shooting 42% from the floor on 51 shots, 3-7 from three and 4-6 from the line. Big difference at the FT line for LA. Assists are pretty much even. Lakers have 14 dimes on 22 made shots. Jazz have 13 makes on 21 shots. Combined blocks/steals are 9-3 Lakers advantage. Jazz started off with a lot of turnovers but took much better care of the ball in the second half, they finish with 5 versus 7 for LA
  • Gasol leads LA with 15 points, 5 assists plus 2 blocks. Lamar Odom has 13 and 9 boards. Kobe and Fisher have 12 points apiece.
  • Millsap has 13 points and 6 rebounds. Korver has 9. Okur and Kirilenko has 8 points each. Deron Williams has only 3 points on 1-6 shooting and 5 assists. Boozer hasn’t been a factor playing only 7 minutes beacuse of foul trouble.
  • Hahaha, TK put a bug in the Chuckster’s drink for saying Nicole didn’t look younger earlier in the broadcast. Chuck’s face was great.

Second Half

  • Okur with the layup
  • Lakers lead 65-55
  • Screen and roll between Booz and Deron, Booz gets the 17 footer, hits the shot
  • Odom drives on Boozer, draws the foul, no not on Boozer. Lucky boy. Odom beat Boozer easily, got the layup to go but missed the FT. Boozer with the rebound.
  • Boozer with a 17 footer, air ball, Lakers outlet to Odom who streaked ahead for the wide open layup
  • Kirlenko drives left, gets to the rim and fouled hard on the dunk attempt
  • Bryant scores another
  • Boozer down on the block, kicks it back out, Deron drives down the middle and gets the layup
  • Nice pass from Gasol to the Kobe who got some daylight off the pick, missed the shot, long rebound, Odom gets it, drives misses, Utah break the other way, Brewer with the dunk
  • Odom crosses over Boozer and gets the tough layup to go
  • Deron back into the paint with another layup
  • Lots of layups! Play a little D
  • Kobe leaks out, he’s in a one-on-one on the left block before any other Jazz efenders got back. And1.  Three point play as Kobe hit the short shot and FT.
  • Lakers lead 76-64 with 7 minutes to go
  • Odom with another defensive rebound
  • Kobe comes up, iso on the right wing, he crosses over Kirilenko, drives right, gets into the paint, draws the contact with Okur, gets the foul, misses the shot. He hits two at the line.
  • Cut on Lamar Odom, refs timeout
  • Boozer beats Gasol easily with the hard dribble right and fallaway jumper off the left block
  • Kobe goes one on one with Brewer, takes him low, fallaway off the glass, good.
  • Odom taps out the offensive rebound, Brewer gets to it, passes to Deron, Deron drives into the paint and hits another layup
  • These teams are just trading baskets. Very good offense, mediocre defense.
  • Walton backs down Brewer, Brewere flops, easy layup
  • Kirlenko drives on Walton, draws the foul on the floor
  • Ronnie Brewer with the long jumper
  • Kobe posts up Brewer on the left block, tripe teamed by Kirilenko and Millsap and jumps over all of them for the right hook
  • Gasol works over Boozer on the right block, spins into the paint, takes the running hook, rolls out
  • Deron on the fastbreak, goes coast to coast and dunks it viciously
  • Derek Fisher gets inside the paint and draws Boozer’s fourth foul
  • Timeout
  • Okur knocks down the long J
  • Lakers lead 88-78 with two minutes to play
  • Brewer knocks it away, Kirilenko grabs the loose ball, kicks it ahead to Brewer, fastbreak dunk
  • Kobe doubled, loses the ball, turnover
  • Deron loses the ball, turnover
  • Fisher runs the break, Okur fouls, that’s his fourth. Derek hits two at the line and puts the lead back to 10
  • Deron turns it over again
  • Kobe turns it over
  • Deron runs up court, Kobe picks him up after getting back late, Millsap inside, feeds Harpring, he takes a runner in traffic, misses
  • Kobe comes up the other way, dishes to Turiaf, Turiaf doesn’t take it, Kobe makes himself avaiable, comes back out with the ball, drive and kick to Fisher for the three from the right corner
  • There’s 5 seconds remaining in the quarter after LA use their foul to give. Lakers lead 93-80
  • Deron has it, takes the three over Farmar, hits it
  • Lakers lead 93-83

Fourth Quarter

  • Jazz need to do something they haven’t managed tonight – get some stops
  • This is still a close game. The Lakers haven’t shown the killer instinct required to put teams away tonight. They’re getting by on their offensive brilliance though.
  • Walton drives towards the middle off the left wing, spins back middle, takes the jump shot from 16 feet, misses
  • Williams drives by Farmar but can’t get the layup to go
  • Vujacic with the long two
  • Deron back into the paint, blocked by Turiaf, foul on Turiaf for the body contact before the foul. He hits two of two
  • Laker lead back to 10
  • Turiaf turns it over, good defelection by Millsap. Deron drives back inside, finds Millsap, four players crowd him, he finishes over all of them. Great body control by Millsap
  • Double on Farmar, Walton wide open and hits the three
  • Millsap tries to throw the bounce pass in traffic, throws it out of play, good defense LA
  • Sasha drives into the paint, kicks it to Farmar, blocked by Harpring, turnover. Deron into the paint, misses.
  • Sasha gets by Korver and into the paint again, misses the runner off the glass, offensive rebound. They reset. Sasha with a behind the back bounce pass from the corner to Turiaf above the right elbow, bullet pass by Ronny inside to Gasol, misses the short hook
  • Millsap gets the offensive rebound and puts it home
  • Millsap has 17 and 9
  • Jazz have 19 second chance points. Lakers have two.
  • Walton has the ball in the post against Millsap, fadeaway jumper, air ball. Shot clock violation. Turnover.
  • Timeout
  • Lakers lead 98-89 with 8 minutes to play
  • Deron sits down for a rest, Boozer is back in
  • Defensive 3 second call against LA, Korver hits the FT. 8 point game. Utah is 2-8 from the field
  • Korver takes a three from the top of the key, misses, offensive rebound Jazz, Utah reset with Price, Harpring runs off a baseline screen, hits a 18 footer along the baseline. 6 point game
  • Kobe misses from 18 feet over Harpring
  • Harpring misses a wide open 18 footer on the left wing
  • Ronnie Price steals it from Odom, pushes the ball up the floor, finds Millsap for the layup, Gasol comes over and tries to block it, Gasol forces the missed layup, LA get the rebound. Fastbreak the other way, they get it to Kobe in the open floor, he’s on the right wing, drives right, gets into the paint and draws the foul. He hits two at the line. The lead is back 7.
  • How many times have Utah lost swing plays over the last 6 or so minutes? 4 times? The game could be within three now, instead of seven but a missed layup.
  • Jazz pull the game within 5, 99-94
  • The Lakers haven’t scored from the field in over three minutes
  • Sasha hits and ends the drought with a long two
  • Boozer inside, blocked twice by Lamar Odom. Odom has 19 points and 16 rebounds.
  • THere’s five minutes remaining. Lakers lead 101-94
  • Odom into Gasol, back to Odom on the cut, Odom is trapped along the baseline, kicks it out to the right wing, Lakers swing it up top to Fisher, three pointer, it’s good
  • Turnover Utah, Fisher gets the steal, leads the break, gets into the paint, draws the defense, hands it off to Gasol for the layup, foul. Gasol will shoot two, and hits one, despite having a third attempt from the lane violation by Utah
  • Fisher has 22 points now.
  • There’s four minutes to play, 11 point Laker lead
  • Boozer catches the ball on the right block, drives baseline, beats Gasol, gets inside for the layup, foul on Gasol to avoid the easy two. Boozer hits both. Back down to 9
  • The Jazz have wasted several opportunities when the game got close
  • Kobe gets loose from Kirilenko and Korver, easy layup. Nice pass by Odom
  • Okur has a 17 footer go in and out along the baseline
  • Three minutes to go
  • Bryant drives by Kirilenko and shoots a floater over AK47 on the right hand side of the lane
  • Kirilenko fills the lane on the break, draws the foul on Gasol. Three point play. Lead back to 8.
  • Kobe inside, hard double, out to Sasha, hesitates, tries to force it, changes his mind, gets it back to Kobe at the top of the key, Kobe drives right hard, spins through the tpraing Korver, jumps up for the shot and throws the pass behind the head of Okur in traffic to Gasol for the slam dunk. What a play by Kobe Bryant.
  • Timeout
  • This is over

Lakers hold home court and do what they’re supposed to by winning their two home games. Lakers are clearly in the drivers seat now.

The Jazz are in a precarious situation. They can’t stop LA’s offense and it looks like they doubt themselves. They’re more than capable of beating this team but they have to get their belief back.

Game Three is going to be huge

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