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  The Western Conference’s semi-final round between the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz turned out to be not only a series of interior dominance on the Lakers part, but also a clash of offensive systems.  The Lakers brought Phil Jackson’s now legendary triangle offense against Jerry Sloan’s endless series of down and backpicks, an offense he’s run as the longest tenured NBA coach.  Utah's system is the "square" in more ways than one:  the offense and their coach.   Every avid fan is familiar with LA’s triangle offense.  It is the most non-structured, structured offense in history.  Based on a “read and react” concept, to quote Jackson, this offense relies on player’s smarts and ball movement.  The bet ...

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