Carlos Boozer…a Four-Star General Obvious
Utah versus L.A.: Game 2
Kobe Bryant. Congratulations to the Black Mamba for finally winning his first Lifetime Achievement Award MVP. It’s been 12 years, thousands of jumpers, and several teammates/coaches/GMs thrown under the bus in the making. Put your hands together for Kobe Bryant, ladies and gentlemen! Random note: According to Carlos Boozer, “If we can go out there and ruin [Kobe's MVP] party a little bit by getting a victory, that helps us a lot.” Thanks so much, Captain Obvious.
The free throw line. The Lakers were spoon-fed on the line in Game 1(46 attempts), particularly Kobe, who connected on a franchise playoff-record 21 in 23 attempts. Some would say this is because the Jazz are a physical, bump-and-grind team that makes opponents pay for their forays into the paint. Others would argue that it’s because Kobe is allowed to forearm and elbow his way to the basket and then gets a favorable whistle whenever he misses a shot. But you know, truth is subjective, so make your own decision. Random note: According to Carlos Boozer, “If we can keep [Kobe] off the line, that would help us a lot.” Thanks again, Captain Obvious. Keep this up and I’m promoting you to General Obvious.
The field. The Jazz were way off the mark in Game 1 — 37.9 percent shooting — and they’ll probably need to, you know, hit some shots if they want to compete in Game 2. Andrei Kirilenko’s good looks will only get them so far. According to Carlos Boozer, “We’ve got to make some adjustments.” Yup. General Obvious.
Carlos Boozer. Is Carlos in a mini-slump? Here are his shooting performances from Utah’s last four playoff games: 6-for-14, 6-for-17, 8-for-18 and 3-for-13. Sure seems like it to me. Random note: According to Carlos Boozer, “I’d love for us to go out there and get a win. For us to come back (to Utah) with a split would be much better than coming back here 0-2.” Carlos Boozer…a four-star General Obvious.