Updated: May 11, 2010, 1:20 AM ET

Magic Sweep Hawks

Back In The Swing Of Things

By J.A. Adande

Without any grandiose fanfare, the Lakers have arrived. They're back to their regularly scheduled programming, using the same method that made them the league's best team back in November. They are the only team with two 7-footers in the starting lineup and the only team with Kobe.

And Kobe is finally close to being Kobe Bryant again. He has scored at least 30 points in each of the past four games and is shooting 54 percent in that span. He's looking like the guy who was on track for the highest field goal percentage of his career until he broke a bone in his finger, until he sprained his ankle and until his knee started bothering him.

Bryant says he won't be back to 100 percent, but he can get to 90. The three days off between Games 2 and 3 did him a world of good, and if the Lakers finish off the Jazz on Monday night they won't start the conference finals until the weekend.

The Jazz will put up a fight -- "They're a trench team," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said -- but even with Andrei Kirilenko back in Game 3, they just don't have enough to beat the Lakers.

Read the rest of Adande's take on the Lakers.


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