The Lakers had a back-to-basics practice session this afternoon in an appropriate small-college-gym setting (Southern Nazarene University). Phil Jackson estimated the team reviewed 14 different pick-and-roll scenarios to clarify for the players just how the coaching staff wants them defended.
“Last night (in Minnesota), the screen-roll defenses really hurt us,” Jackson said. “In Utah, the screen-roll defenses hurt us.”
Jackson said the Lakers were lazy early in the game in Minnesota and just switching everything on defense just so they wouldn’t have to keep chasing through picks.
Derek Fisher, who is the object of many of the opposition’s offensive thrusts, was getting electric-stim treatment on his left thumb.