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PLAYOFF RECAP: Utah 94, Bakersfield 81

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<strong>Ronald Dupree</strong> had the best game of the night.  After starting slow, Dupree finished the game with 21 points and 10 boards.  I liked what Jon L did with the Billy Thomas smiling picture from yesterday, so we're doing it again.
Ronald Dupree had the best game of the night. After starting slow, Dupree finished the game with 21 points and 10 boards. I liked what Jon L did with the Billy Thomas smiling picture from yesterday, so we're doing it again.

This is going to be quick, because of, as Freddy Finals put it on Facebook: "NBA Futurecast is a bit slow tonight -- but take a deep breath, let the air out thru your nose... that's good. feel better? it's working, we promise."  That's what we here at RU call an understatement, to say the least.

Yikes.  Bakersfield did what they needed to in the first half, but Brad Jones apparently made some second half adjustments that finally sunk in with about six minutes left in the third for the Flash.

After Bakersfield hung around in the first half due to Kevin Kruger not being able to defend Mateen Cleaves, Justin Reed's shot falling and Trey Johnson showing why he should be in the NBA, Utah kind of got tired of that and just decided to let Bakersfield shoot themselves out of the game, finishing the night shooting 37.9% from the field. 

Bakersfield cut the Flash lead to six with 8:16 left in the game, but back-to-back steals and open lay-ups from Kruger and Dupree put the Flash up 10 and sealed the victory.

Other numbers that will give you an idea how this game went: Utah shot 21 more free-throw's, but the Jam got called for just six more fouls.  Interesting.  Utah had 21 less shot attempts, but made just one less.  Gross.

Check the box score.  I admittedly tuned into the audio-less Austin-Idaho game for the majority of the second half, so I couldn't do justice to what you've become accustomed to for individual player breakdowns.  

UTAH: Mo Almond likes to shoot, JR Giddens moves well without the ball, Kosta Koufos struggled mightily but picked up three blocks.

BAKERSFIELD: Derrick Byars lost his shot the entire game, Justin Reed lost his shot early, and Trey Johnson is good at basketball.  Nick Lewis scored zero points.