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Lakers-Jazz playoff predictions

Mark Heisler, L.A. Times NBA columnist

Prediction: "Lakers if Kobe averages 25. Jazz if he's 20 or below. Seven-game series if he's 20-24."

Mike Bresnahan, L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter

Pick: Lakers in five.

Reason: "The fact the Lakers beat the Jazz the last two years in the playoffs and went 3-1 against them this season (including a "W" in Utah without Bynum and Kobe) makes this any easy pick."

Broderick Turner, L.A. Times Lakers beat reporter

Pick: Lakers in six

Reason: The Lakers are clearly better than the Jazz. The Jazz has a Hall-of-Fame Coach in Jerry Sloan and a talented guard in Deron Williams. That should be good enough to get two victories.

Mark Medina, L.A. Times Lakers blogger

Pick: Lakers in five

Reason: The Lakers may have their fair share of injuries, but so does the Jazz. Utah may have been able to absorb them against Denver, but it will be too much to overcome against the Lakers.

--Mark Medina

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MM

good point. also the D' e-nver are playing un-raveling BB in closing games. Starts with K-Mart making a stupid foul and a T. continues with Billups with the same and a 3 pt. shooting parade. missed.

they had Melo who actually had a stupid foul, his 6th in game 2.

we have Kobe. i do not remember making "stupid" plays down the stretch in a closing game.

if the Lakers win Game 3 in Utah, might as well push themselves to win also G4. not the best for DR. Buss pocket but some rest and healing will be necessary.

forgot PJ. he can always make it a series. no more than 6.

Utah, Denver...basically the same. They come up short all the time.

mike t.

justanothermambafan

My bad, flashbacks when he was frequently called Odumb

Ahh, predictions, predictions.
A trip down the memory lane:
http://lakersblog.latimes.com/lakersblog/2010/04/nba2k10-simulation-predicts-lakers-win-firstround-in-six-against-oklahoma-city-.html (the title of the article actually says "..in five", don't let the link confuse you)

http://lakersblog.latimes.com/lakersblog/2010/03/measuring-the-lakers-possible-firstround-playoff-opponents.html
only 19% of the voters predicted a 6 game series against OKC.

Ron reminds me of the guy featured in this old school doc:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIiSCwfxR0c


Wes

Just got it from Jadande twitter. I'm no medical expert but it sounds scary (a tear):

@jadande Lakers: Bynum has small tear in front of menescus in right knee. Questionable for Gm 1.
@jadande Phil Jackson: Bynum had MRI on knee, "there's some issues", hopes he'll play if no more symptoms.

Vaasa

Troy B - thank you. I am humbled and honored.


Of course I'm also now really worried about your sanity.... :)

Troll Man - no worries! Just don't let it happen again lol!

LO was a monster in the game last night. ESPECIALLY when we needed the rebound baaaad. He went and got it. He is our swiss army knife. Our windex man. He deserves our respect and thanks.

Maybe without Drew, Lakers in 6.

Wes, great video on Coop.
Wonder why he isn't an NBA coach, took the Sparks to 2 titles.
Any idea why he isn't coaching in the NBA someone/anyone?

My prediction:

You may call me crazy - or a Lakerholic with no objectivity - but I really believe we can sweep this team. Yeah, I know Utah is tough. They've got talent. They've got a great coach and a great crowd. BUT - the same can be said about us. (Even the crowd part!) The only thing concerning me right now is the status of Socks. He plays I say we do it. If he's at half mast, then I say 5.

"Of course I'm also now really worried about your sanity.... :)"

LOL, I'm a Lakerholic, who said anything about being sane?

For what it's worth, I'll go Lakers in 5. Lakers have done a great job of neutralizing Boozer in games this season, Lakers length really do a number on him. The Jazz have also have injury problems to their bigs, which kills their chances. No Okur and Kirilenko is out too, he'll be at less than 100% if he does come back at some point in the series. Bynum should be able to dominate Fesenko on the boards and on the offensive end also.

The only thing is that Jazz will be more sure to exploit the main Laker defensive problem, quick point guards. Williams is the best point guard left in the playoffs, so that is where they will attack from. Fisher does do a decent job defending him though, not as bad as he does against other quick PG's. Perhaps that is due to playing alongside for that season together and being familiar with his game.

Well said, Troy B, well said....!


You gonna watch the hell that will be crabs/septics later? I probably will. It's gonna be like a really bad traffic accident. You just have to look.

I hate to admit it but Mike T. is growing on me. I can see his point about wins or championships being ephemeral. You win and it's there for a second and then it's gone. You can relive some of it by watching reruns of games but it's really not the same. It's like living in the past.

I think he's wrong about getting out of the West though with a gimpy Drew. As long as our other injuries don't get any worse, I don't think the Spurs/Jazz are that tough a match up for the Lakers. The Finals are a different story though. Drew has to be somewhat healthy for Lakers to win it all esp if it's the Cavs out of the East.

I will be rooting for the Celts today, it's not even a close call.

If i remember correctly, we eliminated Utah in 5 games last year in the first round. Drew was playing at half strength just returning from his knee injury.

I'm sticking to my guns and say Lakers in 5.

Without Okur Jazz's tallest player would be, what, 6'2"? LOL. Laker sweep.

I had the Lakers in 6 in round 1 against Oklahoma City. Now I say they sweep the Jazz in 4! The jazz has too many injuries.

Justa:

I hope for a sweep but with an injured, again, Andrew Bynum, I'm more than happy if we could get this series done in 6 games. Some of our injured players need rest especially Kobe.

CyberCosmiX, don't count out Steve Nash. To me, he's the smartest PG still active in the NBA. Rondo is an upcoming PG and his stat looks really good. Mike Bibby of the Hawks is always a pain to us ever since he was with Sacramento.

You guys are too kind to LO. Yes, he secured a key rebound at the end of the game last night but he has yet to dominate offensively like he should. Green was eaten him up the whole series. We need a mental focus LO and a more confidence Smush Farmar in the Finals! My preference opponent in the Finals is of course the Septics. We need a rematch with them!!!

Lakers in five.

Go Lakers!

"You gonna watch the hell that will be crabs/septics later? I probably will. It's gonna be like a really bad traffic accident. You just have to look."

Justa - yeah I'm gonna watch, won't be glued to my tv like I am with the Lakers though

The difference between this and a traffic accident is that with the accident you look and think "I hope nobody got hurt"

Seriously is there any way they can both lose this series? I absolutely cannot "root" for either team. Rooting for Boston is blasphemy, I will never do it. I guess you could say I want the Crabs to lose more, but not by much. I just hope it's a grinding 7 game series.

WOW, the princess just got called for an offensive foul!

You gonna watch the hell that will be crabs/septics later? I probably will. It's gonna be like a really bad traffic accident. You just have to look.

Posted by: justanothermambafan | May 01, 2010 at 03:48 PM

Hah! Too funny, and too true. I'm gonna cherish watching these 2 teams beat up on one another so bad! I just also wish I could hear the trash talk between KG and LeBron.

About the Jazz, though, if Laker bigs can control the board, we've in good shape. This means, Pau, Drew, and Lamar have got to really wipe the glass clean. Last night, Boozer got something like 20 rebounds at least, all by himself. Granted, he's trying to make up for the lost of other Jazz rebounders due to injuries. But if we don't get our offensive and defensive rebounds, this series may stretch out longer than we anticipated. I say, Lakers in six, but if our guys can wrap it up sooner, then my expectations will have been exceeded!

LAKERS in 7.............
Utah is in good form......they are definitely not a walk over team.....
they have a good defender in Matthews to shut Kobe down and also Jazz looked like unbeatable in SLC......so LAKERS in 7 ......
and if JAZZ manage to steal one in our home then .....we might see an upset.....

LAKERS in 7.............
Utah is in good form......they are definitely not a walk over team.....
they have a good defender in Matthews to shut Kobe down and also Jazz looked like unbeatable in SLC......so LAKERS in 7 ......
and if JAZZ manage to steal one in our home then .....we might see an upset.....

LAKERS in 7.............
Utah is in good form......they are definitely not a walk over team.....
they have a good defender in Matthews to shut Kobe down and also Jazz looked like unbeatable in SLC......so LAKERS in 7 ......
and if JAZZ manage to steal one in our home then .....we might see an upset.....


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