Poor defense is road to ruin on West Coast trip
"I guess you know what our problem is," forward Malik Rose said. "We're not defending as well as we did before. If you want to look at it in a weird way, it's encouraging because it's something we can control. Defense is effort. We have to put out more effort."
Stephon Marbury, who saw his 45-point performance against the Lakers go to waste, said he'd try not to let that happen. "I think the approach is to continue to play as hard as you can," Marbury said. "You still have a job to do. It's tough when you see things slipping away, but at the same time, you continue to play and let the chips fall where they may."