--The Times' Mike Bresnahan explains why the Lakers' 104-99 Game 1 victory Sunday over the Utah Jazz didn't exactly entail an inspiring performance.
--NBA.com's Bryan Chu
details how Kobe Bryant's
health has improved.
--The Orange County Register's Kevin Ding highlights Bryant's fourth-quarter effort.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's David Lassen
details the Lakers' late-game defensive stops.
--The Salt Lake Tribune's Ross Siler explains all that went wrong in Utah's effort against the Lakers.
--The Daily News' Elliott Teaford notes how the Lakers have often allowed teams to come back after a strong start.
--The Times' Bresnahan reports that Andrew Bynum will play through his latest knee injury, because surgery to repair a slight tear in the anterior horn of cartilage in his right knee would sideline him for four to six weeks.
--The Times' Broderick Turner explains why Utah Coach Jerry Sloan wants the Jazz to toughen up.
--The Times' Turner documents Derek Fisher's improvement.
--The Orange County Register's Janis Carr
reports that Ron Artest
was offended by Deron Williams'
suggestion that he's quicker than Artest.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Lassen highlights Fisher's contributions.
--The Salt Lake Tribune's Steve Luhm believes Bryant played Sunday like the league MVP.
--The Daily News' Jill Painter details how Wesley Matthews tried guarding Bryant.
--The Salt Lake Tribune's Siler
details Utah's poor start.
--The Daily News' Teaford reports that reserve guard Sasha Vujacic could play at some point in the Jazz series.
--ESPN.com's J.A. Adande
says the Lakers' bench is faltering.
--The Times' Bill Plaschke credits Lamar Odom's fourth-quarter effort.
--The Times' T.J. Simers criticizes the Lakers' underachieving performance against Utah.
--The Times' Mark Heisler details the Lakers' familiarity with Utah.
--The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore focuses on the Lakers' poor bench.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Matt Calkins
says the Lakers reserves played so poorly, they should feel fortunate they play in the same facility as the Clippers.
--The Orange County Register's Ding argues that the Lakers need to have better teamwork while Bynum recovers from his injuries.
--NBA.com's Scott Howard-Cooper explains how Sloan and Lakers Coach Phil Jackson are complete opposites.
--Sports Illustrated's Frank Hughes argues that Bryant is back in full form.
--The Salt Lake Tribune's Kurt Kragthorpe
argues that C.J. Miles'
missed shot late in the game proved to be a turning point.
--Fox Sports' Mark Kriegel explains why Utah has such a tough time against the Lakers.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Arash Markazi argues that Utah lacks toughness.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin details the Kobe face, and how it might be needed this postseason.
--The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller
wasn't impressed with the Lakers' Game 1 victory.
--The Salt Lake Tribune's Gordon Monson believes that toughness is the main ingredient Utah needs to overcome its lack of talent compared with the Lakers.
--The Riverside Press-Enterprise's Gregg Patton argues that the Lakers can't take Utah for granted, even if it's warranted for fans and the media to do so.
--Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears shares his skepticism on Bynum's decision to delay surgery.
--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy and Brian Kamenetzky
talk about the Lakers' up-and-down performance, with analysis and video.
--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell credits Bryant and Pau Gasol as the key contributors to the win.
--ProBasketballTalk's Kurt Helin
explains why the Lakers' length will continue posing problems for the Jazz.
--Hoopsworld's Eric Pincus has a detailed breakdown of Game 1.
--Forum Blue and Gold's Darius has seen the Lakers play up-and-down one too many times.
--Silver Screen and Roll's Dexter Fishmore believes there's no use trying to analyze the Lakers' Game 1 victory.
Other Lakers links
--In an interview with the L.A. Times Magazine's Tom Murray, we learn what irritates Bryant the most. It's not questions about his injuries or about LeBron James winning the league MVP award. It's dog feces.
--I also did an a few interviews Sunday night talking about the Lakers. That included one with Fox Sports Radio's Sean Farham
and Pooh Richardson
(audio file below)
Fox Sports Radio
I also appeared The Point After on WBSU-89.1, based out of Brockport, NY.
Tweet of the Day: "You can't give up that putback to Lamar Odom. You can't let Kobe Bryant drive all the way down the lane for layup." -- tribjazz (Salt Lake Tribune's Utah Jazz beat reporter Ross Siler)
Reader Comment of the Day: "When the Lakers are firing on all cylinders, there's not a team in the league that can stop them. The problem is, they fire on all cylinders so infrequently that we all fear a wasted season. The truth is, the Lakers are their own worst adversary." -- Tim-4-Show
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Photo: Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who scored 13 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter, scores on a driving layup down the lane against Utah forwards Carlos Boozer, left, and Paul Millsap with 22 seconds left in the game Sunday. Credit: Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times.