Jackson, Lakers fined

Busy, busy day for Stu Jackson, the NBA’s punishment czar who is no relation to Lakers coach Phil Jackson. Jackson fined Jackson and the Lakers $25,000 each for the coach’s critical comments about the officiating in Game 4. Jackson also downgraded Andrew Bynum’s flagrant-1 foul against Denver’s Chris Andersen to a simple personal foul. He then assessed a flagrant-1 foul against the Nuggets’ Dahntay Jones for tripping Kobe Bryant. Publicly, the Lakers were mum on the subject when asked if the Nuggets had crossed the line with their physical play. Privately, they were incensed. Game 5 is Wednesday.

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