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Phil Jackson’s not drinking the Kool-aid just yet

Jan 16, 2011, 12:00 PM EDT

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From the Los Angeles Times:

“I’m not comfortable with either of the two games (Sunday) or Monday,” Jackson said Saturday at the Lakers’ facility in El Segundo. “It’s why we had a practice today. We’re concerned. We didn’t think we played well last night, but we got away with a win anyway. There’s a natural tendency to relax after winning a couple games. There’s not the same intensity. You have to be very careful of that as a player and coach.”

via Phil Jackson worried about upcoming games against the Clippers and Thunder | Lakers Blog | Los Angeles Times.

Jackon’s smart to recognize that this winning streak is strained at its edges. The Lakers have played better, there can be no question about that. But there are three types of winning streaks. Winning streaks in which you demolish your opponent because you are just that much better than they are, winning streaks in which you simply find a way to win no matter the circumstances because you’re riding that fortunate wave of skill and luck, and winning streaks that defy your weaknesses due to the inferior nature of the opposition. The Lakers’ recent streak is a bit of the first and a bit of the latter.

The Lakers struggled with the Nets, who while they can be scrappy, can also be detonated pretty easily by elite teams. Yet the Lakers struggled a bit with them before putting them away. First up is a game against the suddenly competitive Clippers, who just bested Miami and are playing their best ball of the season. Blake Griffin will challenge Pau Gasol, DeAndre Jordan is a mammoth, physical beast to counter Andrew Bynum, Eric Gordon can light it up, and they have a versatile bench. The Lakers should cruise, but getting the team a bit more focused instead of treating it as same old Clippers is a wise strategy by Phil.

Oklahoma City on Monday, on a back to back for the Lakers, is an entirely different matter.

 

  1. progress2011 - Jan 17, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    I absolutely love the commissioner outlawed crying !!! The lakers are the worst Cry baby, pre-madona, plastic, M.C. Hammer pants wearing ponks !!!
    Before the new rule was implemented, EVERY play down the court, if the lakers didn’t score, they would cry to the ref all the way down the court and basically bully the refs to make the call the next time ( since they are one of the biggest markets, they use that leverage ).

    Now that they can’t cry and whine to the refs ( kobe with the fake scowl ) when they start to lose, they play dirty or pretend they want to fight ( fully knowing none of the girlymen truly want to fight ).

    Griffin abused lamar all night and after the Clippers took the lead, the girls in yellow got their panties all in a wad !

    Ahahahahahaha…..true ponks !!!

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