Sunday, May 11, 2008

Jazz & Spurs Even the Score

On Sunday the two Western Conference playoff series resumed with both of the home teams tying things up. It was almost a bit of a mirror of Saturday's East games, with the first game a close affair, and the second a massive rout.

Utah played host to the Lakers in Game 4 of their series. I watched most of the first half, but had to set the DVR for the second due to Mother's day plans. Luckily, I set the DVR to tape a half hour beyond the scheduled end time. The Jazz were up by 12 points with about 4 minutes left, but the Lakers were resilient. Lamar Odom played the role of hero to hit a key 3 as well as the tying basket to bring it to overtime. In OT, Utah was able to hit their foul shots as they should, and capitalized on a few LA turnovers to win it. We now have a 2-2 tie in this series after Utah's 123-115 win. The Jazz also continue to display an impressive home record this 2007-08 season.

In the late game it was another NBA playoff blowout, as the veteran Spurs really walloped the New Orleans Hornets in San Antonio. The Hornets will now remember the Alamo, as coach Byron Scott even said his team's intensity was horrible. The usually consistent Tim Duncan recorded 22 points and 15 rebounds in the victory. For the Hornets sake, hopefully this hasn't taken their momentum away. Once the Spurs machine is running on all cylinders, they are tough to stop come playoff time.

It's still tough to say which West team is going to get to the NBA Finals. Same goes for the East, but who wouldn't love to see the new look Lakers versus the new look Celtics for this year's trophy? Lebron & the Cavs versus Kobe & the Lakers, Celtics versus Spurs, Pistons versus many great possible Finals matchups to anticipate.

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