Even after a 21-point win over Clippers in which several starters put up good numbers, coach criticizes turnovers, individualistic play.
L.A. Times: The Lakers had beaten the Clippers with ease, Kobe Bryant looked as healthy as could be, Andrew Bynum had taken another step forward, and everybody was happy.
Phil Jackson is often the Lakers’ harshest critic, and his words hardly matched the glow of a 113-92 victory Sunday.
The Lakers’ coach started his postgame news conference by saying the team had endured a “laborious third quarter,” and didn’t get much lighter from there.
Jackson took particular aim at the starters.
“I didn’t enjoy how the first unit played,” he said. “The ball stopped too often. They didn’t have good movement, didn’t play together, did a lot of individual stuff with the ball. As a result, there were turnovers and steals that lost us our momentum in the third quarter, which was difficult to watch.
“I tell them sometimes that I can hardly wait to get the second unit on the floor the way they’re playing.”
And that was after Bryant had 32 points on efficient 11-for-22 shooting; Bynum had 14 points on seven-for-nine shooting, nine rebounds and six blocked shots; and Luke Walton had a season-high 15 points.