The Lakers have been prepping for the Hornets for three days now, and so have we.
With an early 12:30 p.m. tipoff on ABC’s Sunday showcase game, L.A. went through their final practice on Saturday morning, with every player except Steve Blake (chickenpox) participating.
Matt Barnes was the most limited of the three players with varying degrees of knee soreness, as he ran through some drills but sat out most of practice. Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest, on the other hand, practiced fully and will start Game 1.
That was good news for the Lakers, but that didn’t mean Phil Jackson was thrilled with Saturday’s session.
“I thought we had a little lack of focus today,” he said. “Just not quite as tuned in as we normally could be. I’d like to see a little more focus … we have a day to put it together.”
Jackson also explained why he’ll still monitor Derek Fisher’s but not Kobe Bryant’s minutes in the First Round, what New Orleans does well defensively and how L.A. plans on using their height advantage nonetheless.
You can watch video from Jackson, Barnes and Bryant over on Lakers.com.