04 May 2011
A 18 year-old Kobe Bryant got his first taste of the Delta Center crowd, during game one of the 1997 semifinals. The Utah Jazz would end up owning the Lakers in game one winning 93-77.
Box Score Below
A few things that stick out to me about this boxscore.
First, Take a look at the bench minutes by the Jazz. The Jazz bench had 67 minutes and scored 33 points which is more than 30% of the total points scored. Also look how deep the bench was. Carr and Foster got minutes to play/foul Shaq or keep him under his average.
Two, Free Throws Look at the home cooking from the free throw line, 34-21. Also look how horribly we shot from the line 58% that is craptstic in a playoff game.
Three, Either the Jazz's defense was amazing or the Lakers were in shell shock. Lakers shot .34% for the game and made eight three pointers. Kobe went 1-7. This is not the infamous "airball" game, that was game five. However looking at this you would have no idea/clue that Kobe would become the 2nd-5th best basketball player to walk on earth. Number one obviously being Jesus.
Fourth, Hornacek's line- 8 rebounds 7 assists and 10 Points and 2 steals . This was not a good shooting night for Horny but very efficient elsewhere.
Fifth, Byron Scott, yes that Byron Scott was on this team and is now coaching the Cleveland Cavilliers. As a Jazz fan you know time is flying by when players you remember watching are now coaching. It looks like Horny is headed in the same direction.
Nick Van Exel's eyebrows. I'm just saying.
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