Phil Jackson Postgame 3 Quotes

Below is a transcription of Phil Jackson’s comments after L.A.’s 98-92 loss to Dallas in Game 3 of the Western Conference Semi Finals:

(Opening statement)
Jackson: Again, as in Game 1, they finished better than we did. That was the difference in the ball game. They got to the foul line in the second half and we didn’t. They made some threes in the fourth quarter and we didn’t. They deserved to win and we didn’t.

Q: You were animated during timeouts. What were you telling your guys?
Jackson: I thought we were spending too much energy instead of just playing the game and just playing through things.

Q: At one point you hit Pau in the chest. What did you say to him?
Jackson: 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.

Q: Do you feel you can get a full, solid game from Pau the next game or is his confidence level shaky?
Jackson: Well, he’s been through enough playoffs games to know the deal that you can come back and play games. Tonight Andrew was the guy that again in the first half, the strength of our ball club. We wanted to take advantage of that, so Pau didn’t have that many opportunities. And tonight, I’m sure he’d like to have a couple of them back at the end of the game.”

Q: Your reaction to going down 3-0:
Jackson: “Well we’re disappointed. We felt like Games 1 and 3 we controlled the pace of the game, but just couldn’t finish the game. They were better finishing the games out than we were, so that’s a big disappointment to us. But we still believe we’re going to win the next game, and we’ll go from there.

Q: On getting Ron Artest back:
Jackson: Yeah, we can use Ron. We hope he’s back playing his game. One of the things tonight that hurt us was the rotation to the three point line covering that. It’s tough for our bigger guys. Lamar had seven opportunities, and some of our other guys had opportunities, but they didn’t get out to cover that line.

Q: What do you tell you team being down 3-0?
Jackson: We just said that we didn’t finish the game well, that we’re disappointed in our ability to cover the line. That we double-teamed Nowitzki ineffectively and irrationally a couple of times at the end of the game, which is something we don’t want to do. He matched up with Gasol on him. If we come back and play the same game we’re going to win another game. We played too well to lose, is what I said.