*A lack of energy. A poor effort. A lack of focus.
Those are some buzz words Lakers Coach Phil Jackson used Sunday at Staples Center after an inexplicable 104-85 loss to a Memphis Grizzlies team that was playing on consecutive nights, reports LA Times writer Roderick Turner.
The Lakers have lost four of their last six games, all by double digits, this one to a team that is 15-19.
“I’ll just say they came out tonight and got outworked by a team that played [Saturday] night, lost in Utah, had to fly back in here for a ballgame,” Jackson said. “I think we took for granted the fact that we’ve been beaten in Memphis and everybody thought we were going to come out here and play better and no one took responsibility on themselves to play better.”
That, Jackson said, “bothered him.”
“One of the things about having a day off with this team is that they lose focus,” Jackson said. “They had a day off [Saturday], and I’ll learn better from that.”
His team got booed, starting with a low murmur in the third quarter and building into a loud roar in the fourth when the Lakers got down by 26 points.
His star, Kobe Bryant, tried to take the game into his hands in the third quarter, and then became frustrated in the fourth when he was unable to carry the Lakers.
Bryant, who finished with 28 points on 10-for-22 shooting, was assessed a technical foul with 6:19 left for yelling at the officials after he had made a shot. It was his fifth technical foul in his last six games.
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