The Nuggets threw a dizzying array of double teams at the Lakers' Andrew Bynum, but he just punished them in their 103-88 Game 1 victory Sunday over Denver with his own block party. Denver Coach George Karl felt the literal and figurative rejection, causing him to try plan B. Work the officials.
"He was playing nice illegal defense," Karl told reporters, including the Denver Post's Benjamin Hochman. "He was zoned up good. I think we got one illegal defense call I saw about 30."
The Lakers laughed off Karl's claim just as quickly as Bynum blocked a playoff-high 10 shots against Denver.
Kobe Bryant brushed off Karl's comments, saying, "Of course he did." Bynum matter-of-factly argued, "If people cut through the lane, you can touch them or stay in there the whole time. That's part of the game." And Lakers Coach Mike Brown stared into a sea of video cameras to offer a personal message.
"George, you may be doing the right thing following Phil Jackson's lead," Brown said.
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