The Lakers 107-94 loss didn’t exactly re-spark the classic NBA rivalry that’s laid dormant since the late 80s.
Boston gave out “BEAT LA” shirts at the door and, thanks to the Lakers shooting just 25% in the first quarter, the shirts looked to be prophetic.
Boston’s new “Big Three” got theirs, but it was Center Kendrick Perkins that killed the Lakers with 21 points and 9 boards.
Lamar Odom continued to look out of sync just two nights after critizing his poor play against the Bucks. Odom remains in his own state of Training Camp after missing the team’s practice sessions while recovering from off-season shoulder surgery.
The Lakers are pushing the ball up the court more frequently this season and playing less in their triangle offense.
“He needs to learn his way in this offense,” Jackson said of Odom. “We’d like him to solve it immediately. But it was a hard one tonight. He had a number of opportunities. He just didn’t go through with it.”
“Oh, please don’t ask me that question, not after that horrible game,” Jackson said after Friday night’s loss to Boston. “That was awful. That was a terrible time to ask me that. I resign.”
Jackson was joking. He laughed.
“I’ll think about it on the plane tomorrow, OK?” he said.