Utah Jazz fans have another good reason to cheer against the Lakers
Understandably, that didn't stop the Jazz from tuning in to the Lakers' comeback win over Portland on Wednesday night when Kobe Bryant scored 47 points and played all 48 minutes to lead his team past the depleted Blazers.
"I saw some of it," Corbin said, softly and somewhat dejectedly.
"Kobe is a guy who's been around this league forever, who understands these moments, and he relishes in these moments."
Corbin couldn't help but have respect for Bryant's performance, which came on the road and on the second night of a back-to-back.
"When he's in a mode like he is right now, if you like basketball and you like watching guys compete at a high level, you've got to admire what the guy's doing," the Jazz coach said. " It's amazing that he is as competitive and as effective as he is at this age and stage of his game. Good for him. Like or dislike whatever about him, the guy's a true, true competitor and he competes at another level."
Having said that, "Go Warriors! Go Spurs! Go Rockets!"
"You can't go rooting and hoping and wishing that somebody loses to back into it," Corbin said. "Let's handle what we can handle, win our games, and if it doesn't work out that way at least you feel better about what you did."
Millsap said he had to stop watching the Lakers-Blazers game when Portland was up by 10, but an L.A. rally seemed inevitable.
"It's a crazy game that we play," he said. "I kind of figured something like that was going to happen."
Millsap said he wasn't frustrated that Bryant went off. It just happened — and, of course, it happened, he's Kobe.
"He's going to try to do everything himself. He's going to try to put that team on his back and try to will them into the playoffs," said the free-agent-to-be who could be playing his final home game in a Jazz uniform tonight. "Hopefully, he don't do it these next few games."
The Jazz need to channel their inner-Kobe to keep the pressure on the Lakers by toppling the T-Wolves a couple of times, too.
"We can't afford to relax," Corbin said.
Unfortunately for the Jazz, they have to hope that same attitude is shared by the Warriors on the second night of a back-to-back, by a Spurs squad missing Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili and by a Rockets team that might be resting its key players on the last game of the regular season.
"We've got to win out just for us," Millsap said. "Our hopes and dreams are still alive. We've got to still wait to see what happens."
In the meantime, don't be surprised if their cars sport new bumper stickers that read: "My two favorite teams: The Utah Jazz and whoever's playing the Los Angeles Lakers."
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