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Why Pau Gasol should be pissed off


The Lakers held an 88-85 lead over the Celtics with 5:58 remaining in the 4th quarter. From that point on, the Celtics outscored them 18-6.

How were they able to dominate the final minutes? Aside from Rajon Rondo's stellar play, the Lakers made several mistakes. The most glaring error? Not taking advantage of Pau Gasol.

Pau played a dominating game (25 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks), yet he took just one shot (a meaningless three pointer with 17 seconds left and the Lakers down 9) in the 4th.

One problem; Gasol sat for half the quarter. Phil Jackson kept him on the bench in lieu of Lamar Odom until the 5:58 mark. Granted Gasol played 42 minutes and likely needed the rest, but Jackson MUST have his series MVP (at this point) on the floor for a longer stretch in crunch time.

Another problem: Kobe tried to close out the Celtics. Bryant had 8 points in the 4th but shot 1-5 over the final 4 minutes. Foul trouble kept him out of rhythm for most of the night, but that didn't stop Bryant from ignoring his big man and jacking up shots.

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  • thetitleisours


  • Fox

    This just proves again why he’s still the most selfish player in the game and why there’s no “Kobe” in “team.” I called this; as I was watching with my girlfriend with about 3 minutes left to play, I said “watch, every single shot the Lakers attempt from this point on will be from Kobe.” His late game heroics win games sometimes, but only hurt his team when there were far more dominating performances displayed by his teammates during Game 2.

  • DRJ

    Kobe is the Lakers’ best player, and also their greatest liability. I believe he will cost them the series, for exactly the reasons he demonstrated last night.
    But they depend on Kobe, not just for what he does on the court, but for leadership and motivation. They said so, last night again. It’s very hard to believe that that team can beat a team like the Celtics for the championship.

  • The Jakester

    This is why Kobe will never be Jordan. Jordan – who is no small meglomaniac himself – drive to win superseded his egotistic inclinations, Kobe is yet to achieve that. How many times to Jordan pass out to a teammate who had a better look – in the most important games. I recall Kobe doing that maybe twice.

  • thetitleisours

    Hard to blame Kobe as the media and their fans treat him like a god. Got to go to your head somewhat

  • The Jakester

    Try fathoming Lebron signing a multi-million dollar deal with Nike at the tender age of 18.

  • thetitleisours

    On reason I think basketball was played better in the past when guys had to make it through college. Maturity can change a lot in a few years with good guidance