L.A. Times: Kurt Rambis left the cramped quarters of the coaches’ office and was sent off with a one-word salvo from a fellow assistant coach.
“Guru” was the cry from the small room adjacent to the visitors’ locker room at Quicken Loans Arena.
Rambis was the assistant put in charge of the defense by Coach Phil Jackson before the season began, a long-range assignment that started out by flourishing, then foundering, but picked up again the last two games.
Andrew Bynum was out of the picture for at least eight weeks, but the Lakers were not, banding together defensively to push onward through Boston and Cleveland on the way to a 6-0 trip that ended Sunday with a 101-91 victory over the Cavaliers.
The Lakers stuffed the Cavaliers in the second half, holding them to 16 points in the third quarter and 14 in the fourth, not to mention 28.2% shooting in the second half. Cavaliers forward LeBron James missed 15 of 20 shots overall.
“We’ve really got the defense figured out now, everybody knows their jobs,” guard Jordan Farmar said. “We know where to help. We’ve got each other’s backs. It all works.”