Even though the Lakers coasted to victory in Game 1, Jackson wasn't happy that his team went on cruise control in the second half. Up by 22 at the half, Los Angeles won by 13, leading Jackson to say, "It wasn't a coach's delight, that's for sure." Jackson has been miffed by his team's inconsistent effort and lack of killer instinct all season. He wants the Lakers to play with more intensity, especially on the defensive end, but their talent is generally enough to win. That's certainly the case against the overmatched Jazz, but a 48-minute show of energy by L.A. in Game 2 would set a good tone for the rest of the playoffs. Complete playoff coverage | Scores, schedule | NBA Playoff Central
Will the Jazz put up a fight?
Utah looked like it wasn't ready for the playoffs to start Sunday, falling behind by 20 early in a 113-100 loss to the Lakers. Though the Jazz avoided a blowout, they never really threatened and coach Jerry Sloan questioned his team's toughness afterward. They need to come out with more intensity in Game 2 and get better production from key role players like Kyle Korver and Andrei Kirilenko (right), who combined to miss 11-of-16 shots Sunday. Even if they lose, as they have in 10 straight games at Staples Center, they can at least return to Utah with the sense that the series isn't a foregone conclusion. Complete playoff coverage | Scores, schedule | NBA Playoff Central
Will the Blazers get their fans involved?
The Rose Garden was one of the toughest venues for opposing teams all season. The Blazers went 34-7 there, the best home record for any team besides the Cavs, Lakers and Celtics. But Portland's young players never gave their crowd a chance to make a difference in Game 1, falling way behind early and sucking the life out of the building. The Rockets would love to pull off the same feat in Game 2, but the Blazers fans who have waited six years for a playoff game won't stay silent if they can help it. Complete playoff coverage | Scores, schedule | NBA Playoff Central
Can the Pistons do anything to contain LeBron?
LeBron James used to have some trouble against Tayshaun Prince and the rest of Detroit's defense. That started to change two years ago when he carved up the Pistons in the Eastern Conference finals. On Sunday, the Pistons a shell of their former selves had no answer for James, who completely dominated Game 1 with 38 points, eight rebounds and seven assists. Just as impressively, he had no turnovers, showing he could handle anything Detroit tried to throw at him. More double teams might help, though that would free up excellent shooters like Mo Williams, Delonte West and Zydrunas Ilgauskas. Complete playoff coverage | Scores, schedule | NBA Playoff Central
Will Yao ever miss?
Not if he gets easy shots like this, he won't. Yao Ming went 9-for-9 from the field and 6-for 6-from the line as the Rockets routed the Blazers in Game 1 in Portland. He set the tone by scoring nine of Houston's first 11 points, helping the Rockets build a big lead. He had all 24 of his points in the first half and sat out the fourth quarter with the game in hand. The Blazers have a pair of 7-footers, Joel Przybilla and Greg Oden, who need to do a better job on defense. They played behind Yao most of the time in Game 1; look for them to try fronting him more in Game 2 and making entry passes more difficult. Complete playoff coverage | Scores, schedule | NBA Playoff Central