Jazz fans — at least the ones who are e-mailing me — are mad at TNT for sounding "pro-Lakers."

It's not that TNT doesn't sound pro-Lakers ... but are you really surprised?

They are the defending champs. They are up 2-0 in their series with the Jazz. They are in a major media market.

I'm not saying it's right, but it's predictable.

If the Jazz win the next couple of games, TNT (and ESPN and ABC) will sound a lot more pro-Utah. They'll sound sort of shocked about it.

It's annoying, but shouldn't we be used to it by now?

FANS WILL BE FANS: A week ago, some Jazz fans were mad at TNT for being right. Prematurely.

With just under three minutes remaining in Game 5 of the Jazz's first-round playoff series against the Nuggets, TNT put a graphic up on the screen that declared "Utah leads series 3-2."

That was true a few minutes later, but fans being fans, some of them took great offense at that. Because there's nothing fans love more than hatching conspiracy theories.

Especially when their team is in the process of losing.

The Jazz were trailing 111-98 at the time the graphic appeared with 2:46 remaining in the game. And anybody who's ever paid even a little bit of attention to the NBA knows that that was enough time to overcome a 13-point deficit.

It's not an everyday occurrence, but it has happened. It could have happened in that game.

It didn't, of course. The Jazz scored only four more points and lost 116-102.

So TNT was right when it declared that Utah leads the series 3-2. Just prematurely.

Don't get me wrong. I agree that TNT was sort of stupid to put that graphic up at that particular point. And not just because, at that moment, it wasn't true.

Because, while it wasn't a sure thing that the Jazz would lose, it was a sure thing that Jazz fans — at least some of them — would be upset.

But, c'mon, let's not get carried away with the importance of an on-screen graphic. It's not like this was the upper management at Time Warner making some sort of pro-Nuggets, anti-Jazz statement.

The most likely explanation is that the folks in charge of the graphics were — yes — a little premature.

I work ahead sometimes, too. And I make mistakes.

Not because of any big agendas on my part. Just because I made a mistake.

So did TNT.

Don't look at it as anything more than that.

EMPTY THREAT: I heard from a couple of people who vowed that they won't watch any more Jazz playoff games on TNT because of this little incident.

And vowing that they will only watch the locally produced telecasts on FSN-Utah.

Well, they're apparently not watching the Jazz play the Lakers. After the first round, there are no local telecasts. Only the national telecasts.

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