Lakers – Jazz Game 3 Preview: By the Numbers

98621663MW009_Utah_Jazz_v_LWe’re overdue for a look behind the basketball and into the numbers for the Lakers, up 2-0 on the Jazz and about to seek out a 3-0 lead in Saturday’s Game 3 in Salt Lake City.

Here goes:

0 Times Phil Jackson teams have lost a seven-game series after winning Game 1. Jackson teams are 45-0 after winning Game 1.

1 Time in franchise history that the Lakers have lost a series after winning Games 1 and 2, to 40 series victories.

3 Lakers players averaging 10+ rebounds in the first two games against Utah: Pau Gasol (13.5), Lamar Odom (13.5) and Andrew Bynum (12). The last team to have three players average 10+ boards through two games of any playoff series was the 1985 Portland Trail Blazers.

10.6 Assists averaged by Jazz point guard Deron Williams in the playoffs, good for second in the NBA behind only Boston’s Rajon Rondo (11.2). Kobe Bryant leads the Lakers with his 4.8 assists per game, 17th in the League, while Derek Fisher and Gasol are tied for 24th with their 3.5 dimes per game.

6035585716 Combined blocks for Gasol, Bynum and Odom in Games 1 and 2, led by Gasol’s seven.

19.5 Williams’s scoring average in Games 1 and 2, pulling his playoffs average down to 24.3 points, which still leads the Jazz. Teammate Paul Millsap leads the Jazz with 21 points per game against the Lakers.

23 L.A.’s advantage on the glass through two games, including Game 2′s 58-40 domination and Game 1′s 43-38 edge.

23.1 L.A.’s winning percentage in Utah, all time, in the playoffs. The Lakers have gone just 3-10 in Salt Lake City, though they did manage to win one game in the 2008 playoffs and one game in 2009.

30.5 Bryant’s scoring average through two games, after he put up 31 points in Game 1 and 30 in Game 2, the third straight playoff game in which he’d reached the 30-point plateau.

44.1 Fisher’s three-point percentage in the playoffs, which leads the Lakers and is 12th in the NBA. Fisher attempted only four three-pointers in Game 1 and 2 against Utah, but made 14-of-30 against Oklahoma City in Round 1.

44.7 Three-point percentage for Williams to lead the Jazz, and rank 11th in the NBA in the postseason. Rookie Wesley Matthews comes in at 42.4 percent, good for 17th.

59.2 Bynum’s field goal percentage in the playoffs, good for third overall. Millsap and Carlos Boozer ranked second and third in the NBA after Round 1, but are down to fourth (57.8) and seventh (55.3) after the first two games against L.A.

65 Game 1 wins for the Lakers in franchise history, compared with 34 losses. When winning Game 1, the Lakers have gone on to win 57-of-63 series.

104 Career playoff victories that Phil Jackson has overseen in L.A., a franchise record. He passed Pat Riley’s previous record (102) in Game 1 against Utah.

4,761 Points scored by former Jazz (and Lakers) power forward Karl Malone in the playoffs, good for fourth all-time. Kobe Bryant, who passed Jerry West (4,457) for first on L.A.’s all-time list, currently has 4,583 points, needing 178 to catch Malone. If Bryant continues his scoring average of 25.3 points in the playoffs, he’d need about seven more games to surpass the Mailman.