Trevor Ariza baffles Ronnie Brewer on the way to scoring a career high 21 points in playoff action.
Ariza was a force the Jazz just couldn't contain, shooting 8-18 from the field, 2 assists, and 4 rebounds in 33 minutes of play. Kobe was "the Man" as usual with 24 points, 8 assists, 2 steals, and 4 rebounds in 39 minutes of play.
I'm not counting the Jazz out however. Any team coached by Jerry Sloan is going to be competitive. The Lakers have to be careful of letting their guard down with big leads. I expect Game Two will be even more physical as the Jazz try to make this a series. THE LA TIMES describes the game in more detail.
Why am I posting all this info about the LA LAKERS? It's quit simple. I've been a fan since they moved to LA for the 1960-61 season with their star Elgin Baylor! When they drafted Jerry West that season I became an immediate fan of his tough, and clutch, play. His likeness being used as the NBA Logo is no mistake.
So....fair warning. There will be future posts on my favorite team since I was eleven!
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