Quotes from around the Jazz blogosphere:
There were all kinds of Kobe fans hanging out there when we walked by. Notice I said Kobe fans, not Laker fans.
It was a dark, emotionally stormy night in the SLC. The raucous crowd was filled with despair and their hearts had plummeted into their stomachs as one of the most magnificent, spectacular [read it the way it sounds in my brain: spek-ta-koo-laar] 3rd quarter collapses in Utah Jazz history unfolded before their eyes like a car accident in slow motion. A 4-point halftime lead had turned into a 13-point Laker lead, and the Jazz were building a brick house.
And then former football player Matthew Joseph Harpring checked into the game. In six minutes spanning the end of the 3rd and start of the 4th, the Jazz’s only resident Mr. Nasty connected on five consecutive shots, including one dunk. (Contrary to popular belief, it was not his first dunk of the season. I definitely remember him having one earlier in the season (I just checked; CBS’ Dunk-o-Meter indeed has him having 1.) By the time he checked out, the Jazz had a 2-point lead. Yes people, Matty saved our butts.
Matthew Jospeh Harpring indeed.
Not lucky at all. They came out and flat-out killed one of the best offensive teams in the league. Save for the third quarter, the Jazz whooped up on the Lakers.
When retired Jazz point guard John Stockton took a seat in the stands early in the second quarter of tonight's Game 3 against the Los Angeles Lakers, heads turned.
Fan shouts included, "We need you,'' "Suit up, John'' and "Get a jersey.''
There's no way that John Stockton couldn't give us 10-15 minutes a night right now. He would play the last 3 minutes of the first, get a break, play the first 3-4 minutes of the second and not have to play again until the same sequence in the 3rd and 4th quarters.