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Jazz’s Jerry Sloan Using a Smokescreen in Round One

Published by on April 16, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

The Utah Jazz lost seven of their final nine games in the regular season, and two of those losses were to lottery-bound teams that they should have beaten handily.

In the last three weeks of the campaign, the Jazz slipped from No. 5 in the Western Conference to the final Playoff spot. That means they have to face the Lakers in Round One.

This is the team that handed them their collective heads on a platter in the final regular-season game.

The Lakers couldn’t have made it any more easier for the Jazz to beat them. They handed Utah 47 free throw attempts. Forty-seven!

L.A. sat Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, and Trevor Ariza for a good portion of the game, and all the Lakers played except Adam...

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