Lakers finish Jazz, still need tuning

After a stumble or two, Lakers dispatch Jazz in five games

Originally Published: April 27, 2009
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- Appearances count out here, so you'll have to forgive the lack of joy after the Lakers dispatched the Utah Jazz in Game 5 with an effort that was sufficient to advance past the first round, but didn't have the appearance of a championship preview.

Even though each of the Lakers' four victories came by double digits, one coach graded their performance a C+, and the evaluation of another Lakers staffer consisted of a simple "Yeccch."

This series didn't feel like ...

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