Los Angeles Lakers notes and quotes

PHOENIX — Here are a few noteworthy quotes and themes from the Los Angeles Lakers prior to Monday morning’s practice:

Phil Jackson on …

Shooting so many three-pointers: “There’s a reason why some guys are open and those guys that were open that took some of those shots have to figure out why they’re open, because they’re not closing out on them so they have to be resistant and take the better shots.”

Steve Nash’s nose: “This guy’s gone through a lot of stuff in the last two three years in the playoffs so I don’t think it’s going to bother him.”

Zone defense: He said he’d seen it used that often before but never to that extent in a playoff game before.

Lamar Odom on …

Why they lost: “We didn’t do a good job of controlling the tempo. They set the pace right from the beginning. From the first quarter we were kind of playing catch up, especially as far as the pace is concerned. We have to do a much better job at controlling the pace.”

Zone defense: “The zone is put in by teams when they’re saying they’re having trouble stopping you.”

Pau Gasol on …

Zone defense: “If it works it works. If it gives you a win in Game 3 in the playoffs, play it all day long. I wouldn’t be surprise if they play [zone] for a long period of time. I wouldn’t be surprised if they do play it for 48 minutes, but we’ll see what happens.”

Stopping Amare Stoudemire: “Just understand what he does and the kind of player he is and how he likes to attack the basket and what do we do, how good he is at rolling and understanding the weak side has got to be a lot more active than it was last night. We let him get going real quick and real early in the game with the rolls and slipping the picks.”

Kobe Bryant on …

Stopping Amare: “Can’t give him as many free throws. He got to the free-throw line way too much.”

Will a day of practice help against the zone: “No, we’re doomed.”

Biggest takeaway from Game 3: “That Amare can play a little bit.”

Surprised with Robin Lopez’s production or not: “He’s a twin. His brother can play, so he’s got to do something.”

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