Gasol Needs to Show Signs of Life, Stat

Two minutes and 35 seconds.

Over the course of a lifetime, two minutes would be like taking a dime from a billionaire—unnoticeable. Over the course of a 48-minute basketball game, two minutes makes all the difference.

Yesterday in the Lakers matchup against the Celtics, Kobe Bryant left the game at the 6:46 minute mark of the first quarter after picking up a foul on Marquis Daniels. Two minutes and 35 seconds later, Lamar Odom came in for Pau Gasol at the 4:11 minute mark.

When Bryant left the game, the score was 12-9 in favor of the Celtics. When Gasol left the game, the Lakers still had nine points, the Celtics 16. The Lakers failed to convert on six offensive trips down the floor.

During that span, Gasol’s only contribution was a single defensive rebound.

Kobe wouldn’t return to the game until about the 9:26 mark of the second quarter. Gasol’s mark in Bryant’s absence: one basket, one rebound.

And you wonder why Bryant ended the night taking 29 of the Lakers’ 66 field goal attempts.

Plain and simple, with Bryant on the bench Gasol had the opportunity to establish himself as a contributing member of the Lakers offense. Normally a player to be reckoned with, Gasol has at times been a pillar of consistency and a big part of the reason why the Lakers strength lies in their size and length. Lately however, Gasol has been anything but reliable on offense. At times he has settled for long jumpers instead of driving the ball to the basket or has delivered a soft-hook shot only to watch it bounce off the lip of the rim.

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Come on coach? Ron was not on his game , All you can come up with is Waton? Ron not playing I think is better than Waton at the top of his. Why not use ebanks?

  • Watching Lakers’ Pre-game show. Hosts are tryna blow Pau up (3yr anniv). It’s kinda like when you’re mad @ your spouse and your friends are all telling you How “great” he is….You love him and all but right now, he sucks, right? Well Pau sucks right now and I wanna have the right to feel this way.

  • Watching Lakers’ Pre-game show. Hosts are tryna blow Pau up (3yr anniv). It’s kinda like when you’re mad @ your spouse and your friends are all telling you How “great” he is….You love him and all but right now, he sucks, right? Well Pau sucks right now and I wanna have the right to feel this way.

  • So agree with this article. That was exactly my take on the game and Gasol’s post-game comments, AGAIN!, that placed the blame for the loss on Kobe not sharing the ball enough. How about you start shooting the ball better Pau? How about you actually jump and scrap instead of standing there flat-footed or looking distracted as you make your rotations a couple of steps behind the other guy? Garnett is an old man with bad knees and he out-ran, out-jumped, out-rebounded, and out-shot Pau. Stop blaming Kobe and start looking at your own game and what YOU aren’t doing.

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