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- After the Lakers 20-point loss at Indiana Tuesday night, Pau Gasol voiced his displeasure in seeing his team lose for the seventh time in eight games. Gasol said his teammates need to be more unselfish by making the sure the ball is passed to the open player. “Otherwise it’s really deflating and takes a lot of energy away from individuals,” Gasol said. During today’s pregame, coach Mike D’Antoni said he understood Gasol’s frustration. He just wished Gasol would have chosen a different way to get his point across. “I think it’s a product of him being frustrated and losing.” D’Antoni said. “One reason we got beat last night is we stopped moving the ball. And that’ll happen from time to time. The thing I just don’t appreciate is just keep it in house. We’ll try to work something out, we’ll figure something out. But to go to you guys and to do it in the media, I just don’t think that’s the way to do.”
- D’Antoni said the short-handed Lakers are trying to establish an identity, which is to push the ball and play fast. They are doing by playing small ball, with 6-7 Wesley Johnson playing small forward. “This is how we’re going to play and we’re going to get better at it. We’re going to push the ball and we’re going to evaluate talent, and we’re going to get better at it. It’s frustrating to the players. I understand that. We want to establish an identity and we don’t want to be all over the board every night changing something up.” Johnson will have the task of guarding 7-0 Memphis center Marc Gasol.
- The Grizzlies reportedly claimed point guard Beno Udrih off waivers. Udrih cleared waivers today after being waived by the New York Knicks. Grizzlies’ coach Dave Joerger said he would not talk about Udrih until Thursday. The acquisition of Udrih would likely make him the backup to Mike Conley, pushing rookie Nick Calathes into the third point guard spot.
- Grizzlies’ guard/forward Mike Miller has scored 10 or more points off the bench in three straight games. The last time he did that was during a five-game stretch from April 7-15, 2006 during his first stint with the Grizzlies.
– By Marlon W. Morgan