Utah Jazz: Kirilenko can feel Kobe's pain

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  • Dude
    May 13, 2008 10:40 p.m.

    Saying the Jazz will get past the Lakers is one thing... but saying the Jazz will win the title... it's possible, but it's a long road from beating the Lakers. Have you seen the Spurs playing lately?

  • How is that dumb?
    May 13, 2008 10:37 p.m.

    If the Jazz are rested and prepared for the Hornets (who just won game 5 so they'll probably advance). They'll eat them up and advance to a weak Eastern Team.

    The Jazz own the Hornets - but tired, Chris Paul's speed will destroy us.

  • Wow
    May 13, 2008 10:19 p.m.

    Here is the dumbest thing I read tonight by purplepeopleeater

    "Prediction: IF the Jazz win game 5, they'll win the NBA title. If the lose game 5, they have a 50-50 chance in advancing past the Lakers, but not past New Orleans after a strenuous 7-game series with the Lakers."

    Now that is dumb.

  • Jordan
    May 13, 2008 7:36 p.m.

    Kobe scored 33 points yes. Not to difficult considering he went 13-33 from the floor. And 1-10 from behind the arc and 6-10 from the charity stripe. If I took 33 shots in a nba game with 10 free throws im sure I could score 30.

  • mao vancouver
    May 13, 2008 7:34 p.m.

    kinda sounds like when mj had the flu against us in the finals and tore us up Jazz fans and Players don't fall for the my back is sore stuff

  • parkcity
    May 13, 2008 7:27 p.m.

    i refuse to believe the back hindered him all that much on sunday. inside the arena, without having the luxury of hearing tirico talk about the time kobe turned water into wine, etc. (perhaps the luxury was in not having to hear that) and not hearing tirico and the gang talking the whole game about his bad back and his gutsy performance, i didn't notice anything wrong with him until he drew the foul on ak and went to the ground. he was still hitting shots, but people look at 13 for 33 and assume it's the back. i was cheering every time he shot a 3 because i know that's not his game. and he was 0 for 6 i believe. if you take those away, that's 13 for 27, which is about all you could expect in an nba game anyway, back issues or not.

  • TJ
    May 13, 2008 5:01 p.m.

    Kobe put up what like 33 points or something like that with a hurt back. If anyone thinks this will slow him down they are idiots. He will still score. He may be hurt but he will still put up some big numbers. he always does. I am hoping the Jazz win in LA. Oh what a great site that would be. GO Jazz and go Hornets( I would much rather face them in the conference finals).

  • JazzBoy
    May 13, 2008 2:03 p.m.

    Anthony, Yes, you're probably right that AK has learned how to protect his bad back. As a player with multiple ruptured disks, I know something about living with a bad back. After games I've learned to ice down and take anti-inflammatories. I also beg off heavy lifting, long drives without rest stops, and other activities that cause compression, which can result in nerve pinching, which causes pain, which causes spasms, which causes more compression, which causes more pain, etc. The key is to prevent the initial spasm, and in my own case I can't play back-to-back games or hard practices very often.

    As for Boozer's need to play well, the Jazz don't need his offense as much as his rebounding and defense. He's been playing well on the boards with occasional lapses at not blocking out, and he's also improved his defense lately, especially in helping others and trusting teammates to rotate to his assigned man. Boozer can shoot the Jazz out of a win, but we don't need him to score more than a dozen points or so, just enough to keep the defense honest.

    I also commend Kobe for playing hurt AND for not making excuses post-game.

  • Deth
    May 13, 2008 1:28 p.m.

    Visualize and attack!

  • AZJazzFan
    May 13, 2008 1:17 p.m.

    I commend Kobe for his inspired play. It reminded me of Jordan playing sick in the NBA finals. Fortunately for us the result was not the same. Nevertheless, playing with a back injury and still being as productive as he was, I have never been more impressed with his play.
    Go Jazz! Please steal Wednesday's game--this will be our best chance! To the fans at ESA on Friday, make noise, yell! Don't let up, the crowd was our 6th man last game and you guys pulled us through to victory!

  • Anthony
    May 13, 2008 12:53 p.m.

    I think AK has learnt to better protect himself until the playoff comes. Jazz as a whole is doing the same...well, maybe except Dwill.

    For many years, teams like the Spur, Piston have been able to peak at the moment that count.

    We are getting closer and closer to the top.

    Go Jazz!!!

  • PurplePeopleEater
    May 13, 2008 12:54 p.m.

    Kobe will pull a Jordan and play out of his gourd. Then, maybe if he IS hurting during the game, AK might have an edge knowing what he shouldn't be able to do, making defending Kobe a little more predictable.

    Turiaf will likely have a great game, being ticked that he got tossed in the last one. Watch out for his contribution on Wednesday. If the Jazz coaches and players aren't expecting this, shame on them.

    Hopefully, Boozer doesn't think he followed up that great 27-20 outing two games ago with another okay game. He was terrible in the last one. He really needs to be motivated on Wednesday or we can kiss winning there goodbye.

    It doesn't matter how well D-Will plays if Boozer flops. Gotta have all cylinders firing to win at L.A.

    Prediction: IF the Jazz win game 5, they'll win the NBA title. If the lose game 5, they have a 50-50 chance in advancing past the Lakers, but not past New Orleans after a strenuous 7-game series with the Lakers.