Coming off a Kobe Bryant jumper with too much mustard, Pau Gasol quickly established position in the paint to add the finishing straw to this grueling first round series. A putback leaving 0.5 seconds on the clock quickly hindered Russel Westbrook as he threw up a ill advised three pointer instead of looking to draw a foul. Somewhere along the lines of the Laker locker room, Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant are breathing a sigh of relief. Luckily the next series against the Jazz is a very familiar one. Last year the Lakers swept the Jazz 4-0 sending them on an earlier summer vacation. With the defending champs backpedaling when it comes to the fountain of youth; I expect this series to go to 7 games this year. I predict that whoever comes out of this series will lose in the western conference finals. Sorry Los Angeles; defense wins games but Kobe Bryant doesn’t win championships by himself.