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NBA Playoffs: Let the Phil Jackson mind games begin

Apr 14, 2010, 1:04 PM EDT

Jackson_Bryant.jpgThe Lakers and Thunder do not even tip off their playoff series until Sunday, but Phil Jackson has already started working the referees.

The Lakers have a game tonight against the folded tent of the Clippers, but nobody is asking about that. It’s all about the up-and-coming Thunder. And Jackson has gotten a jump on working the referees for this series already — complaining about the calls Kevin Durant gets. From Syracuse honk Dave McMenamin at ESPNLosAngeles.com

“As far as the calls that he gets on the floor, I think a lot of the referees are treating him like a superstar; he gets to the line easy and often,” Jackson said, seemingly starting his gamesmanship with the officials a little early this spring. “He’s got the ability to create fouls. That’s a big part of scoring, to get to the foul line.”

Jackson should call in Kevin Garnett to help him with this campaign.

It’s pretty transparent what is going on here. Jackson is going to sick Ron Artest on Durant and tell him to be physical with the emerging superstar. If the referees let them play a little (as tends to happen in the playoffs) the advantage is to the Lakers. If the game is called tight, it will be very tough.

Still, Durant will get his because he is that good. He’s not Kobe or LeBron yet, but he is on the path. The real barometer of this series will be the Lakers ability to slow Russell Westbrook. The Lakers may want to be physical with him, as well.

  1. Sandman - Apr 14, 2010 at 3:18 PM

    Why do superstars get the calls anyway? Shouldn’t they be able to get to the foul line without the referee’s help?

  2. john - Apr 14, 2010 at 3:43 PM

    cause u are gay

  3. what - Apr 14, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    I can’t imagine a dumber response, john. Well done.

  4. Jack - Apr 14, 2010 at 4:08 PM

    Now that’s funny!

  5. where - Apr 14, 2010 at 4:12 PM

    Exactly…

  6. j-bot - Apr 14, 2010 at 4:27 PM

    hahahahaha,jon’s gay……

  7. A. Nyekan, Jr - Apr 14, 2010 at 4:37 PM

    This matchup will be exciting as most of the others.Lakers right no is vunerable than ever. If the lakers makes a consious effort to go inside and than outside, they can beat the thunder , but if they go back to the same old strategy of putting the ball into Kobe’s hands while he’s hurting, they are in for a long summer.

  8. thinking man - Apr 14, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    I thought Sandman was gay back in college.

  9. jimbo - Apr 14, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Look at these comments. The article is about the winningnest NBA coachof all time employing strategy and you little kids are talking about people being gay? WTF. Your parents should block this site in Net Nanny so we aren’t bothered.
    This is classic Phil. The Lakers will be a buzz saw this year.

  10. Iskee - Apr 14, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    I think Laker fan need to make some suck. I think Clipper people make some suck also but bigger noshky in for laker guy, no? in the hard place….

  11. Confuse - Apr 14, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    I’m pretty sure Jon is not gay but I think Jimbo (his boyfriend) is.

  12. slappy - Apr 14, 2010 at 7:26 PM

    I think john make some suck…

  13. I like seconds - Apr 14, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    I too think that John is a gay

  14. paul - Apr 14, 2010 at 8:25 PM

    Things I have learned about John today: 1. He posts random homophobic comments on sports message boards. 2. He is gay.

  15. John Longley - Apr 14, 2010 at 10:08 PM

    I’m a distant relative of Luke Longley -
    Go bulls, it’s been a long time cumming – can you feel it guys?

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