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Tweetable items from Phil Jackson's press conference previewing Lakers-Grizzlies matchup

January 2, 2011 |  6:10 pm

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson on Memphis Grizzlies


Jackson expressed the most concern about Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph

Jackson acknowledged part of the game preparation entailed rewatching the Lakers' previous 98-96 loss at Memphis.

In light of a potential season-ending knee injury this weekend to Dallas forward Caron Butler's, Jackson reiterated the importance of staying healthy. "We don't have replaceable parts in basketball like you do in other sports," Jackson said. "In basketball, there's unique skills to the game."

On Steve Blake's recent seven-game stretch where he's shot 21.8% from the field: "His shots like I told him are in-and-out shots. They haven't been off very much."

On Shannon Brown shooting 48% from the field and 40.2% from three-point range in November to 45.6% from the field and 39.5% from three-point range in December: "He's missing shots. The idea that you're going to have slumps is affecting him."

--Jackson listed two reasons in what went into the Lakers three-point shooting percentage going from 41.2% in November to 31% in December. 1. "Defenses are getting better against us." 2. "Legs. People get tired and don't have the same amount of leg strength."

--Mark Medina

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