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Pau Gasol had a bad week

Posted on: May 9, 2011 1:42 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2011 1:48 pm
Pau Gasol loses fiance, has tension with Lakers, is swept from playoffs. Other than that, things aren't bad for the 7-foot Spaniard. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Let's take a look at Pau Gasol's week: 

  • Dumped by his long-time girlfriend: check. 
  • Challenged and pushed physically by Phil Jackson, who notoriously does not get up in player's faces or ever touch them during games: check.
  • Dominated against Euro 7-footer, exposing him as an inferior to Dirk Nowitzki: check.
  • Swept from playoffs in attempt for three-peat, and failed to send arguably the greatest coach in NBA history out on a high note: check.

Yeah, that's a pretty bad week. 

Gasol was reported to be upset with Kobe Bryant over his wife's involvement in Gasol's girlfriend's decision to break up with him earlier in the week. Gasol admitted there was some tension in the locker room, but also denied Bryant's involvement. It's not really worth pursuing, since it's none of our business and it doesn't change the result. It's understandable that Gasol would be upset about something in his personal life like that, but in the biggest series of the year for the Lakers, they needed their big man, and he wasn't there. It's a rough patch of luck, but you have to fight through it if you want to be a champion, as cliche as that sounds. 

Perhaps more important, though, is this point. Regardless of what was going on with Gasol, he still could have dominated had the Mavericks not played him so well. They sent effective doubles, brought help when he got to the corner, challenged his turnarounds enough to drive him too deep baseline, and stayed aggressive on the defensive boards to not allow those tip-ins.  Pau Gasol has a terrible week, one that has changed Laker fans' perception of him despite his pivotal role in the Lakers' two championships, but it should be noted that it was a two way street. Gasol fell apart when the Lakers needed him most, and the Mavericks did what they had to in order to take away the Lakers' second best player. 

If the last few weeks have been interesting for Gasol, the next few months could be even moreso. 

Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 5:13 pm

Pau Gasol had a bad week

Unfortunately, I have to agree, Dallas was the better team. 

Since: Jul 18, 2009
Posted on: May 9, 2011 4:42 pm

Pau Gasol had a bad week

as a celtic fan, i wish he would have broken up with his girlfriend before game 7 last year. (joking)

Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 4:29 pm

Pau Gasol had a bad week

As a native Celtic's homer, Pau's game seven against us last year with 18 rebounds was very dominant.  I respect him.
And at least he was not trying to hack a Maverick's head off in the closing minutes of yesterdays game.
The guy had a bad series against Dirk Nowitzki and so did the rest of his team.  Had Dirk Nowitzki not got injured this year Dallas may have had the best record in the NBA.  Can't we stop focusing on the tired Lakers, and give credit to Dallas.  Lakers you won two in a row... props to you.  Dallas you have a good shot at winning it this year....props to you.  

Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 4:02 pm

Pau Gasol had a bad week

My perception of Gasol hasn't changed.  Many Lakers fans are too fickle and need to look at what he's done since he's been in LA.  Also, there are a lot of things that contributed to the this lopsided series:  Lakers weak bench play, not defending against the 3, inability to stop dribble penetration, poor passing out of the double teams, atrocious shooting, etc. 

I hope there isn't an overreaction (per Magic Johnson's comments) in the front office.  Trading Bynum or Gasol for a good point guard would be a mistake.  Yes, the Lakers are weak at the point, but their large front court has been their advantage.

Sith Master, I'm not sure why you haven't been removed from this site yet with your offensive and idiotic comments.  I guess people like you cannot get any attention in the real world, so you have to be shockingly stupid in the virtual world while still cowering behind the veil of anonymity. 

Since: May 9, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 3:37 pm

Pau Gasol had a bad week

Making light of rape is a sick, sick thing to do. You simply cannot be less of a classless troll. Small minded idiots like you always resort to assinine statements since your brain is incapable of an original or intelligent thought. 

Since: Mar 28, 2011
Posted on: May 9, 2011 3:02 pm

Pau Gasol had a bad week

Kobe prolly raped her.

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