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Phil Jackson worried about upcoming games against the Clippers and Thunder

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Fearful that the Lakers have developed false comfort during their seven-game winning streak, Lakers Coach Phil Jackson avoided giving the team the day off Saturday and devoted practice to plenty of film study for the team's upcoming game Sunday against the Clippers.

For how much the Lakers (30-11) credited their improved defense, improved focus and improved chemistry during the team's seven-game winning streak, Jackson didn't feel impressed one bit about the Lakers' 100-88 victory Friday over the New Jersey Nets. That's why he didn't sound too optimistic about the Lakers' (30-11) matchups Sunday with the Clippers (won eight of their last 13 games) and Oklahoma City (gave the Lakers a tough test in the first round of the 2010 NBA playoffs).

"I'm not comfortable with either of the two games tomorrow or Monday," Jackson said Saturday at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo. "It's why we had a practice today. We're concerned. We didn't think we played well last night, but we got away with a win anyway. There's a natural tendency to relax after winning a couple games. There's not the same intensity. You have to be very careful of that as a player and coach."

Among those concerns include the fact the Lakers' matchup Sunday with the Clippers start at 12:30 p.m., meaning the team's routine will adjust including no shootaround and ensuring everyone has a good night's rest on a Saturday evening.

"I told Pau [Gasol] to go home right now and go to sleep," Jackson said, considering Gasol missed a morning shootaround prior to the Lakers' 104-85 loss Jan. 2 to the Memphis Grizzlies after oversleeping. "But nobody else, did I discuss it with."

Why just Gasol? a reporter asked.

"He has a hard time getting going in the morning," Jackson said with a smile. "He's on Spanish time. They eat their meals at 11 o'clock at night."

But in another sign that his marriage to reality T.V. star Khloe Kardashian has sparked a more disciplined routine, Lakers forward Lamar Odom doesn't envision the early tip time being an issue for him. He recalled playing in one unspecified afternoon game in New York after not sleeping at all. But with Odom describing he and Khloe as "early birds" because his wife usually wakes up at 7 a.m., he plans to go to sleep early.

"I'm a little older now," Odom said. "I'm definitely going to sleep. That's what a beautiful home and a beautiful wife is for, you get to sleep."

Whether that remains enough to hold off the Clippers seems uncertain for Jackson.

"They're playing with a lot of energy and have a lot of offensive firepower," he said. "We know we're going to have to play well to win consistently against the teams that we're playing."

--Mark Medina

Twitter.com/latmedina

E-mail the Lakers blog at mgmedin@gmail.com

Photo: Lakers forward Lamar Odom and guard Kobe Bryant celebrate after their 100-88 victory over New Jersey on Friday night at Staples Center. Credit: Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times

 
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I'd be worried too. Two big games the team had better be ready for.

Wes

I'll let Blade answer the question of if the Lakers are ready. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5Mx8BeaqRw

Mamba,
I have a feeling the MM doesn't want all his writing overwhelmed by JAMF's profile, not the other way around.

JR

That was a very funny quote Larry. Even though I knew what was coming, I still got a chuckle from it. How does one top that?

I'll check my youtube clip collection...

Wes

This is the best I can do under such short notice...even if it's not quite a one liner, it's a pretty memorable moment.

Soilent Green is...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Sp-VFBbjpE

Wes

Princess Jimmy might not play tonite...to that I add, WGAS? I hope the Bull's take it to them!! @ Mamba24, you're right, I had The Pack and Bears playing this weekend. Gawd, it's nice to have you back. The blog needed a breath of sunshine! :-}

This is the best I can do under such short notice...even if it's not quite a one liner, it's a pretty memorable moment. Soilent Green is...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Sp-VFBbjpE Posted by: wesjoenixon | January 15, 2011 at 04:31 PM
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As long as the PEOPLE moisturize, moisturize, moisturize it's all good Wesjoe!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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YESSSSSS!!!! 2 MINUTE WARNING STEELERS 1ST AND GOAL TIE SCORE!!! 24

This Steelers game is really entertaining. One of the best of the year.

Wes

I have a feeling the MM doesn't want all his writing overwhelmed by JAMF's profile, not the other way around. Posted by: Jolly Rancher | January 15, 2011 at 04:28 PM
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Genius, Absolute Genius, I say!!! Of course it is all so clear now. The absolute magnificence of The Fabulous Justanothermambafan would overwhelm any normal human being, even Blog Gods are not safe. Give this man a RCOTD and give it to Mr Rancher Now!!!!! OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!
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@NewMexioLL, I think that Princess Jimmy was afraid of losing too the Bulls which is why he won't play tonight. The bulls are on a roll and they don't even have their starting center...kind of sounds like the Lakers. As For the Bears Packers thats fine I like to think ahead and hope that happens so the Bears have Home field advantage. Thanks for the kind words, they are really appreciated
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YES! YES! YES!! TOUCHDOWN !! STEELERS TAKE LEAD 31-24 1:33 LEFT IN GAME!!!

This is the best I can do under such short notice...even if it's not quite a one liner, it's a pretty memorable moment. Soilent Green is...Http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Sp-VFBbjpE Posted by: wesjoenixon | January 15, 2011 at 04:31
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Wes Just so long as the PEOPLE moisturize, moisturize, moisturize...it's all good...to the very last drop!!!! LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here's one of my favorite (long) one liiners. (Hint, "Time to die"):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NOW4QiOD-oc

Wes

I was hoping the Steelers would lose but nope. They won.

There's another game on right now too...

Wes

DOWN GOES THE RAVENS, DOWN GOES THE RAVENS!! STEELERS WIN!!! HIT IT: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DY0tsKCB4lc

Well... the Lakers never really play their best on Sunday afternoons and these Clippers aren't your old Clippers. I wonder if a trap game is more like a lobster trap or a bear trap? Or a trap drum set... or the Von Trapp family singers. I wonder about these things is all.

So what's the plan to slow down Blake Griffin? He's a forward, and Pau/LO will need help. Where is black belt Mbenga when you need him!

Clippers will bring their "A" game tomorrow... and they're used to 12noon games. The Lakers are not.

I'm interested in the Bynum/DeAndre Jordan matchup. Jordan has drastically improved defensively this year... and there's some bad blood as Bynum had his career game against DeAndre.

Should be interesting.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

"I'm not comfortable with either of the two games tomorrow or Monday," Jackson said Saturday at the Lakers' facility in El Segundo.


Ah...Great minds think alike.

Now Bosh goes down...and a 3 game losing streak...

LeBron what was that you were saying about karma...


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