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Sunday, May 9, 2010
Lakers slip by Jazz: The Reactions

By Andy Kamenetzky

An instant classic in Salt Lake City gives the Lakers a 3-0 stranglehold on the series against the Jazz. The 111-110 finish provided chills, thrills and spills, with critical action going down to the very last second. This was a truly fantastic game, and before even dwelling on the specifics, Brian just loved the spirit both teams brought to the table:
Any leftover fowl enjoyed by ESPNLA.com's Dave McMenamin would have been consumed over a discussion about three-point shooting. The Lakers' prowess from downtown wasn't just deadly. It was as crazy as the dude leading the long distance way:
Seriously, this was one heck of a surprise shootout being orchestrated by Artest and Kyle Korver. Just ask ESPNLA.com's Arash Markazi: GAME REPORTS
Mike Bresnahan, Los Angeles Times
Tim Buckley, Deseret News
Kevin Ding, Orange County Register
Ross Siler, Salt Lake Tribune
Elliott Teaford, Los Angeles Daily News

NOTEBOOKS
Michael Black (Deseret News) on Andrei Kirilenko producing upon his return to the lineup.
Bresnahan (LAT), on Artest and Phil Jackson mending Twitter-Gate fences. Steve Luhm (SLT) on Artest getting his groove back. Teaford (DN), with more on the pow wow between PJ and Ron-Ron.
Broderick Turner (LAT), on Utah taking away the Lakers' inside game.

 

COLUMNS AND BLOGS
J.A. Adande (ESPN.com) says Artest is back, baby!
Andrew Aragon (DN) expresses Wes Matthews' heartbreak.
DexterFishmore (Silver Screen and Roll) can barely believe his eyes actually witnessed this incredible game.
Paul Forrester (Sports Illustrated) has a detailed breakdown of the action.
Gordon Monson (SLT) thinks the close call makes the loss even more painful for the Jazz.
Bill Plaschke (LAT) thinks the fans' rude treatment of former Jazz-ian Derek Fisher reveals an ugly hypocrisy.
Darius Soriano (Forum Blue and Gold) seconds my "instant classic" label.
Mark Whicker (OCR) reminds us Derek Fisher hitting big postseason shots is exactly what the script traditionally entails.
Mark Medina (Lakers Blog) was impressed by the Lakers' composure and resolve during the final minutes.