Phil Jackson was as animated as he has ever been in Game 3. He knew the importance of winning the game and getting back in the series.
Gasol was stripped by Jason Terry, and got an easy lay-up. Jackson took a timeout and got in Gasol’s face, giving him a thump on the chest:
Here is what Jackson had to say after the game about the incident:
“He grabbed the ball in the half court and wasn’t aware that he was holding it in the position we always ask him not to put it in and Terry took it from behind and went down and got a layup. I was just making sure he understood he needed to take care of the basketball in those sequences.”
Pau Gasol was also asked after the game about Phil getting in his face more often then usual:
“Obviously he wants me to be more aggressive and be more assertive out there,” Gasol said. “You’ve just got to be able to do that better. I haven’t been able to really get going at all. You’ve just got to do it.”
The Lakers are now one game away from elimination, no team in NBA history has ever recovered from being down 0-3 in a series.