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Jazz need Kirilenko to lay down law

Without AK-47, Utah stands little chance of containing L.A.'s bigs

Updated: May 4, 2010, 6:09 PM ET
By Tom Haberstroh | Special to ESPN Insider
Andrei KirilenkoMelissa Majchrzak/NBAE/Getty ImagesIf Kirilenko is on his game, Gasol won't have it so easy on the block.

After the Los Angeles Lakers abused the shorthanded Utah Jazz at the rim in Game 1 of their Western Conference semifinals matchup, the Jazz are left licking their wounds and searching for answers to stop the inside attack. Luckily, their savior might be just around the corner.

Shelved for more than a month now with a strained left calf, Jazz forward Andrei Kirilenko's comeback couldn't arrive soon enough.