Game 5: Lakers vs. Jazz Pre-Game

Before tonight’s pivotal Game 5 against the Jazz, Coach Jackson said that Kobe seemed buoyant and optimistic today following the team’s shootaround.

Although Bryant himself is likely the only person who knows exactly what he can and cannot do on the court, Jackson said, “He’ll figure out what he has to do to help us in this game,” revealing that he thinks the MVP guard will be OK.

Jackson also took time to address the playoff struggles of backup point guard Jordan Farmar, confirming that he has no plans to bench Jordan–one of the only players on the team to play in all 82 games. The Lakers coach expressed optimism that the UCLA alum will continue to come out aggressive on both ends of the floor.

Jackson said the key tonight for both teams is execution, especially after the Lakers suffered with that area of their game in overtime of Game 4.

“We just have to execute,” said Jackson. “It’s the team that’s going to execute the best that’s going to win tonight.”