CLEVELAND — Lakers coach Phil Jackson couldn’t resist taking a couple of swipes at the Boston Celtics during his pregame session today with reporters. The Lakers defeated the Celtics in overtime Thursday in Boston, but Jackson revisited the game in his own not-too-subtle way.
Asked about the difference between having Kobe Bryant guard Boston’s Ray Allen and having him check Cleveland’s LeBron James, Jackson said.”Chasing Ray Allen off multiple picks, especially ones that move as often as Boston’s do, it’s just not feasible to wear him out and get run into by (Kendrick) Perkins and (Kevin) Garnett.”
Jackson moved Bryant off Allen and onto point guard Rajon Rondo in the second half Thursday, switching Derek Fisher from Rondo to Allen.
Asked if he was aware that the NBA had fined Boston coach Doc Rivers $15,000 for barking at the referees after the game, Jackson said, “Is that all? It should have been more. That’s Boston. That’s always been Boston. It just goes along with the product.”
Rivers and the Celtics believed Allen had been fouled by Fisher before tossing an airball at the final buzzer as the Lakers held on for a 110-109 victory.