For the Lakers, the point of emphasis in Monday evening’s game against Memphis should be simple: get the ball down low.
After Miami successfully denied the low post pass by fronting on the block and the Kobe/Fish backcourt combo took most of L.A.’s shots against Orlando, the Lakers want to re-establish Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum down low. After all, it’s there on the block that the Lakers have an obvious advantage over most teams in the NBA, which will again be apparent as Pau’s rookie brother, Marc, and Darko Milicic try to deal with L.A.’s two seven-footers in Memphis.
Let’s rewind back to Orlando quickly: Bryant and Fisher played 42 and 41 minutes, respectively, combining to take 47 shots for the Lakers. Gasol attempted nine shots, and Bynum just four. Expect that ratio to change markedly tonight.
Before the game, Phil Jackson also talked about what L.A. will do without Jordan Farmar for a few weeks (he implied that adding a point guard is likely), explained that he’s not at all worried about Pau’s focus in the place he spent six and a half years, and dispelled a reporter’s suggested notion that L.A. has really struggled on the road.
Here’s the audio from Phil’s pregame chat: