There was a good reason Monday why Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph had one of those rare games in which he failed to achieve a double-double in points and rebounds.

Because on that night, the world champion Los Angeles Lakers, with future Hall of Fame guard Kobe Bryant and three of the most athletic 7-foot players in the league, determined their priority would be stopping a 6-9, 260-pound, round-shouldered, 30-year-old forward with underwhelming leaping ability.

"Get into Randolph early" were the pregame instructions scribbled on the dry-erase board in the Lakers' dressing room.

"He's clever, and he's got a game which he's adapted to," said admiring Lakers coach Phil Jackson. "He's actually 6-11, but because God chose not to give him a neck, he measures only about 6-9, 6-81/2 . But with those long arms getting a lot of offensive rebounds, he's very successful."

Then, Jackson ordered his defense to double-team Randolph all night with all those long 7-foot bodies. It's something that Randolph, a 10-year NBA veteran who's nursing a sore ankle and will be a game-time decision tonight against the Bucks in FedExForum, has become accustomed to facing.