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Utah Jazz: Kobe Bryant's Achilles injury changes playoff race for Lakers, Jazz

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  • JP Chandler, AZ
    April 13, 2013 10:20 p.m.

    It's really hard to look at the Lakers' 50 free throws (compared to Golden State's 16) in their 2 point win against Golden State and not think Stern had a hand in helping them toward the playoffs.

  • FairchildIV Salt Lake City, UT
    April 13, 2013 11:07 p.m.

    "It's really hard to look at the Lakers' 50 free throws (compared to Golden State's 16) in their 2 point win against Golden State and not think Stern had a hand in helping them toward the playoffs."

    Except for that one time when David Stern vetoed the Chris Paul to the Lakers trade.

  • JBQ Saint Louis, MO
    April 14, 2013 5:21 a.m.

    It has already been stated on "Bleacher Report" that the Spurs "are not interested in being the number one seed". Therefore, that would mean that they will rest their stars. As stated in this article, they have a history of doing so. In the two point win over Golden State, Kobe unfortunately just fell down with a heartbreaking injury. Just as unfortunately, Harrison Barnes was called for a foul by the offical who was behind Kobe on the baseline. Kobe, to his credit, still took the free throws and made both which was the margin of victory. I am rooting for the Jazz. Unfortunately, the "powers that be" are not. AJ could score 80 points and he just may. The Jazz are not getting in unless Houston pulls off a miracle and are motivated to win with all of the "jet set" sitting behind Kobe (and what a magnificent hero he is) and mesmerizing the tv media and probably psychologically influencing the "men with stripes". Sad but true.

  • ImaUteFan West Jordan, UT
    April 14, 2013 10:29 a.m.

    I agree with you, JBQ. But without Kobe, does anyone really want to see the Spurs sweep the Lakers in four games?

    However, I do think the refs have been told "Whatever you do, make sure the Lakers get in."

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    April 14, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    Agreed all of you above what will do to favor for Lakers. So, why worry because I have already (a long time ago) stop watching NBAs. Either way who will be in for the number 8 spot will get swept in 4 games.

  • milner Centerfield Sanpete, UT
    April 14, 2013 4:41 p.m.

    Jazz still have to win two games on the road and the Lakers have to lose at least 1 game out of two which are both at home! I don`t think that is going to happen!

  • H2OSKI Alpine, UT
    April 15, 2013 10:12 a.m.

    Anyone have a fork? Cuz the Jazz are done.

    Yes, that is the fat lady singing.