All up to Deron and Boozer
Lacking two starters is not doing to much damage on the surging Jazz. The blew past the Nuggets in six games, being lead by Deron Williams with an average of twenty+ points and ten+ rebounds. It shouldn't be hard to score and keep a team going being lead by such a great player. However, the Jazz are now faced with an even harder battle... the LA Lakers. A pace the Jazz have a hard time winning at.
"Utah has lost 15 straight to the Lakers at Staples Center, including seven playoff games."http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hoMFM3GVkpKQJi8rtgtKRzEFkvHwD9FEVTF80
In the first game, right away the Jazz looked as though they were going to be blown out. No one can expect to win after if you allow the opposing team to shot 79 percent from the floor in the first quarter. It looked like the Jazz were not going to keep up with the lanky arms or Gasol and Bynum along with the sharp shooting of Bryant.
After a miserable first half, the Jazz came out gunning. Late in the game they went up four points with four minutes left. It remained a close game until the last minute of the game. Paul Milsap, Deron Williams, and Carlos boozer fought until the end. But they just didn't have enough in them to pull out the victory. The Utah Jazz players appeared to think they had come away with an away win. The upset was close on their minds. Lakers noticed this premature excitement and took away every rebound allowing them to pull away with the win.
"Lakers coach Phil Jackson's teams are 45-0 in playoff series after winning the first game, including 21-0 with Los Angeles." http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hoMFM3GVkpKQJi8rtgtKRzEFkvHwD9FEVTF80
The Jazz will now have an incredibly hard time wining the serious. Phil Jackson is an experienced playoff coach and has a perfect record when his team wins the first game in the series. His experience will test the injured jazz. It will be up to Jerry, Deron, and Boozer to show their superstar play to contend with the reigning champions.