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Deron's Jazz tie series 2-2 with Lakers

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These two Western Conference Semifinals (and the 2008 Playoffs in general) are showing how advantageous home court.

With the Los Angels Lakers / Utah Jazz series, you are seeing a once unstoppable offense in Los Angeles become inefficient as the series grows. A huge part of this is Kobe Bryant's back. Kobe was 13 / 33 from the floor, missing 20 shots. He is 1 for 16 shooting threes in Utah. He got to the line 17 times in Game 3 but only 10 in Game 4. It will be hard for him to get as many as he did early in the series if his back is bothering him. Charging to the rim and taking hits probably won't be the offensive strategy. Lamar Odom and Pau Gasol had monster nights but it was not enough to win in OT.

For Utah, Deron Williams led the way as he has done so many times in his short career. 29 points, 8 / 8 from the FT line, 3 / 4 from 3 Pt, 14 assists / 4 turnovers and 2 steals. He could have won the game in regulation but helped take over with Okur in OT for the victory. Boozer was just 5 / 15 from the field after his breakout game in Game 3. Even though the Jazz got this game from LA, considering how important home court has proven to be the Jazz are going to need a better effort from Boozer down low. Boozer along with Kobe's health are the obvious key's heading into a huge Game 5 late Wednesday Night.


Finally there are some good series in the West. One of these will go 7...