Lakers coach Phil Jackson criticized the series' refereeing on Friday,
saying the free throw discrepancy is due to a double standard.
``I'm going to have to make a stand with the officials, and we have to be
able to play defense the way (the Pistons) play defense,'' Jackson said.
``In the bodies, up against arms, contesting shots and not getting caught
for the foul. If we attempt to play this type of defense, it's ridiculous
the foul calls that are (made), the disparity in this.''
The Pistons have shot 91 free throws in the series to Los Angeles' 56 --
including 28 by O'Neal, who's averaging nearly 12 free throws per game in
the postseason. The Lakers have been called for 80 fouls to Detroit's 56.
Jackson credits Detroit for superior aggression on both ends of the court,
which often leads to favorable officiating -- but the coach also believes a
series of key calls have gone against his team.
``(In Game 3) in all four quarters, we were in foul jeopardy within the
first three minutes of the quarter,'' he said. ``We have to start backing
off because we're in a foul situation. As a consequence, our defense has to