L.A. Lakers-Utah Jazz Recap: Three Things We Learned

May 5th, 2010 by Shaun Ahmad Leave a reply »

My favorite aspect of the NBA playoffs is how quickly the tides can change.

Just four games ago, the Los Angeles Lakers were being called out by every radio host, talk show, newspaper, blog, and other sports mediums—including those in Los Angeles—for being old, slow, and not having what it takes to beat the young, upstart Oklahoma City Thunder.  Suddenly, Kobe was past his prime and couldn't cut it anymore, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum weren't strong enough for playoff basketball, and Phil Jackson wasn't making proper adjustments. 

That was four games ago.

Since then, the Los Angeles Lakers, led by Kobe Bryant, have reeled off four consecutive victories (two to close out the OKC series 4-2 and two to take a 2-0 lead over the Utah Jazz).

Kobe Bryant has scored 30 or more points in his last three games, playing a balanced and unselfish role while knowing when to go into attack mode.  Every starter for the Lakers has played well.  The bench has been as inconsistent as can be, but that is no different fro ...

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