Last season, Pau Gasol was a beast near the basket in last year’s playoffs, as he had as much to do with the NBA Championship as Kobe Bryant did. This year though, Gasol is getting pushed around….especially in this series as Dirk Nowitzki is really dominating him. Gasol has played in all three games against the Mavericks so far in this series and he is averaging 36.3 minutes, 13.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. That is just not going to get it done. Gasol is the key player today, because if he doesn’t play well, the Lakers season is going to be over. Gasol has now played in 9 games (all starts) in the playoffs so far this year and he is averaging 36.0 minutes, 13.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 1.8 blocked shots per game. But, he is only shooting 42.2% in the playoffs which is awful for a player of Gasol’s skill set.
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