LAKERS NOTEBOOK: LOSING THE BENCH BATTLE L.A.'S SUBS SCORE JUST 11 POINTS.
SACRAMENTO - Shaquille O'Neal's statistical line Sunday read like a desperate cry for help: 22 shots, 8 made. His call went largely unanswered in the Lakers' Game 3 loss to the Sacramento Kings.
Kobe Bryant tried, with 35 points. But Glen Rice came up short, with 13 points, and the Lakers' bench combined for just 11 points.
``For whatever reason, it didn't seem like our energy level was really high,'' said reserve guard Brian Shaw, who finished with three points. ``There were times when they needed us to come in and kind of give us a push, and we weren't able to get it done today for whatever reason. We just have to regroup and come out, play with more intensity on Tuesday (in Game 4).''
No Laker reserve scored more than four points, and that came from rookie Devean George. The usual sparks were missing - Robert Horry scoring just two points, Rick Fox and Derek Fisher going scoreless in a combined 0-for-6 effort.
On the other side, the Kings' ``Bench Mob'' sprung to life, with 19 points from Peja Stojakovic to lead a 34-point effort from the reserves.
``I thought (the Kings) identified well, they did a good job on some of our people,'' coach Phil Jackson said. ``Our bench obviously wasn't as productive as theirs.''
Neither were the Lakers' other role players - Ron Harper (7 points), A.C. Green (4 points) and Rice.
``I had good shots,'' Rice said. ``I was able to get into the lane a little bit, the ball just didn't go in. I've just got to remain confident, and I'm sure the next game I can get the same shots, and hopefully they'll go in.''
--Oh, baby: Fox played an ineffective five minutes, and it was understandable if his mind was elsewhere. Wife Vanessa Williams, pregnant with their first child, was expected to go into labor at any moment.
Fox left for New York immediately after the game to join her. A Lakers spokesman said doctors hope to induce labor today and that Fox should be back in time for Tuesday night's game.
``He just has to do what's important for his personal life,'' Jackson said, ``because that takes precedence over your professional life, and attentiveness, taking care of that and responsibility is where our energies will go towards him. Rick's a very responsible person, so we don't have any problem with that.''
Of course, the Lakers had hoped to complete the sweep Sunday, making Fox's absence immaterial.
``We had talked about it being between series,'' Jackson said. ``You're talking about bringing a baby to full term, which is probably the most important thing, is the child itself and how that fits in.
``You know,'' Jackson added with a smile, ``it's important for each child to be born under the sign and the moment, so astrologically these children have a chance to evolve the way they're supposed to.''
--Recovering: Kings assistant coach Pete Carril, who suffered a minor heart attack Saturday night, is in stable condition and could be released from the hospital in the next few days, the team announced.
Carril had recovered sufficiently Sunday to talk his doctors into letting him watch the game.
--Ouch report: Kings forward Tyrone Corbin suffered a strained left knee in a collision with teammate Jon Barry, and his status for Game 4 is uncertain.
Photo: Chris Webber of the Sacramento Kings goes to the basket against the Lakers' A.C. Green. Webber had 29 points in the Kings' win.
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|Publication:||Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)|
|Date:||May 1, 2000|
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