Veteran forward’s play in the last three games has been all over the map, emblematic of his entire season.
L.A. Times: Luke Walton’s yo-yo season continued in a 72-hour slice of basketball.
He couldn’t miss against Seattle last Friday, scoring 17 points on eight-for-11 shooting and adding five rebounds and four assists. Two days later, he had four points and three turnovers against Golden State.
Then on Monday, he was somewhere in between in a rematch with the Warriors — eight points, seven rebounds, three assists.
Coach Phil Jackson could only shrug and smile.
“Well, I welcomed him back as a player after Friday night’s game. I’ll take that back after [Sunday] night’s game,” he said. “He looked like he was back in the fold Friday night, but he really struggled [Sunday] night.”
Why is that?
“His outside shot — right now, they’re just backing off him,” Jackson said. “As a result, he’s trying to get involved in there and it’s tough to do when people just disregard your outside shot. So he has to hit a shot, he has to take a shot, he has to make some shots. . . . If he isn’t, he has to continue to create things for other guys, which he is capable of doing.”