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The Los Angeles Lakers held a team meeting Friday in the wake of guard/forward Nick Young's ejection during Wednesday's 121-114 loss to the Phoenix Suns.

Postgame comments by Young and other players portrayed the team as at odds with each other. However, coach Mike D'Antoni said that is not the case.

"They're fine," he said after Friday's shootaround in Boston. "We talked about it. It's just, we need to be more aggressive. Not, per se, in fighting, but being more aggressive in playing. It really just kind of showed that we don't have enough fight in the dog right now."

The Lakers visit the Boston Celtics on Friday night.

Young was also suspended one game for throwing a punch at Suns guard Goran Dragic while retaliating for a hard foul by Suns center Alex Len. After the game, Young said he was upset with his teammates for making him feel like it was "1-on-5" because they did not come to his side when he was confronted by several Suns players.

"I think we all know what to do now in situations like that," Young said. "Once we talked, we aired it out and we're all good."

Young said his teammates agreed to "get in there" if a similar situation happens in the future.

"You don't have to fight, you just got to step in between," he said. "Nobody really wants to fight. Nobody wants to get beat up on national TV."

Lakers point guard Kendall Marshall criticized Young after the game for getting ejected.

"I don't know if that was the smartest play," he said. "Nick kind of saw what he wanted to see" in responding to Young's claim that none of his teammates stuck up for him.

However, Marshall offered a different perspective Friday.

"I take full blame, being that I was on the court and being that I'm a point guard, I should have been the first one over there to run over there and pull him out of whatever was going on regardless of what I thought was happening," he said. "He had every right to get upset. It's our job as teammates to be there for each other. I went up to him, I squashed it. I told him it will never happen again. So, we're good now."

An image of Marshall standing near the 3-point line with his hands on his hips while Young was involved in the confrontation with Suns players went viral.

"I thought it was hilarious," Marshall said. "You look at it and it does look really bad."

The struggling Lakers are 14-25 and losers of six straight games.
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