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Communication is the priority for the Lakers as they attempt to restore the swarming team defense of the season's earlier games.

That's why Jordan Farmar and Lamar Odom were on the bench early in the second half of the game Wednesday night doing impressions of assistant coach Kurt Rambis, yelling to the starters on the court about what was going on with Philadelphia's offense from play to play.

Pau Gasol, one of the Lakers' best talkers on defense, was noticeably vocal during the game, too.

Asked what has dropped off in the Lakers defense lately, Trevor Ariza said: "Just talking. Everybody talking."

The Lakers haven't been able to keep opposing guards from consistently penetrating the paint, especially against pick-and-roll attacks. They also have been negligent in getting out to defend opposing big men who are good perimeter shooters.

Coach Phil Jackson is looking forward to the game tonight against the Wizards because of Washington's offensive potency, even though the Wizards are just 3-13.

"This is a really talented team," Jackson said.

Although Gilbert Arenas is out after knee surgery, Washington's primary force comes from two positions where Jackson said the Lakers are "obviously" not the strongest: small forward and power forward.

Washington has penetrating small forward Caron Butler, who is sixth in the NBA averaging 21.7 points per game, and perimeter-oriented power forward Antawn Jamison, seventh averaging 20.9 points per game.


Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher and Gasol sat out the scrimmage portion of practice Thursday. ...

Jackson has been asking Odom to be more aggressive on offense, especially in the post, upon coming off the bench. Odom was 3 for 8 from the field Wednesday after going 3 for 12 in the previous three games combined. But for the second game in a row, Odom passed up an open jumper and caused a 3-second violation. ...

Sasha Vujacic played 11:27 Wednesday and didn't shoot.

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