first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Young believed the NBA will not suspend him for today’s game in Toronto. He contended he did not punch Tolliver or deliver his forearm to his face. Still, Lakers coach Byron Scott argued Young “probably overreacted.” “Tolliver didn’t go after him,” Scott said. “(Tolliver) went up and tried to contest the shot and wasn’t going to give (Young) a layup. I was surprised in the way Nick reacted to it.”Young admitted feeling “shocked” he even played for seven minutes. Scott planned to sit him again. But Metta World Peace collected three early fouls, and Scott cleared the bench in the fourth quarter.Beforehand, Scott chastised an out-of-town reporter for asking about Young’s recent absence. “You bought into what all these other guys are saying that he’s in the doghouse,” Scott said, shaking his head. AUBURN HILLS, Mich. >> The frustration already brewed privately for Nick Young as he sat through a pair of healthy scratches. The Lakers’ poor season did not help, either.So as Detroit forward Anthony Tolliver delivered a clean foul on Young’s fourth-quarter dunk attempt, something uglier happened than the Lakers’ 111-91 loss to the Pistons on Sunday at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Young pushed back and delivered a forearm at Tolliver’s throat, a sequence that earned both a flagrant foul 2 and an ejection with 8:58 remaining.Young took offense that Tolliver “killed me a little bit” despite the lopsided deficit. But Young quickly added, “that’s my fault for reacting.” “There’s a lot of frustrations,” Young said. “It was building up. Everything happened on that play. He just happened to be the one that sparked the incident.”center_img Young had recently described the Lakers as “a circus” and faulted both the coaching staff and players for the team’s inefficient offense. Yet, Scott insisted Young’s demotion stems from wanting to feature World Peace’s height advantage at small forward.“I’m trying some other things,” Scott said. “I told him to be patient. As a matter of fact, he’s been great.”Tough criticThe stoic nature in Jordan Clarkson’s personality masked his internal frustration that he described as “high.”“I missed shots today because I was playing selfish and taking shots I don’t usually take,” said Clarkson, who posted seven points on 3-of-11 shooting. “I’m as hard as anybody on myself. I feel like I took bad shots and tough shots.”Clarkson contended that “nobody was moving the ball” and added “we were all taking bad shots.” Yet, Kobe Bryant only marked the other high-volume shooter, with a 2-of-15 clip. Regardless, Clarkson admitted the Lakers’ inefficient offense contributed to their poor defense. “When someone is coming at you on the other side, you want to have that opportunity to go back at them,” Clarkson said. “But you have to do it in a smart way.” last_img read more