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Pau Gasol wants to drop the jumpers and go inside

Posted on: January 23, 2012 2:10 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2012 4:58 pm
 
Posted by Royce Young

Laker fans are getting hungry.

It's not big secret, but the Lakers offense is struggling. Here's how much: They haven't scored 100 points since Jan. 3. That's 20 days without tacos. That's not acceptable in Lakerland. Those people want their tacos.

So what's the problem? It's easy to just point to things like Mike Brown and the adjustment from the Triangle, but it's also things like players are producing.

Blame Kobe Bryant all you want, but the guy is doing his part. He's tried the whole scoring 40 a night thing and while that works, that's not sustainable. He's tried cutting down on his shots and playing more efficiently, but that hasn't really worked. Why? Because his counterparts aren't picking up the slack. One notable name being Pau Gasol.

What's the deal with Gasol? He's not doing enough on the block, he says. Via ESPN.com:
"I would like to get a little more inside, myself," Gasol said. "I always like to have different looks and be able to attack from different angles. The second half I didn't have one chance to attack from the post, so I was more of a facilitator. I got two jumpers, open, that I missed, and that was all the opportunities that I had."

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"A little too many jumpers for my taste," Gasol said. "I'd like to get a couple more looks inside the paint. That'll increase the [shooting] percentage."

Gasol isn't a bad jumpshooter by any stretch, but he is a dynamic post scorer. Gasol's scoring is down to 15.8 points per game, which is the lowest ever in his career. His shots attempts are down a bit, he's taking only 3.3 free throws a game and he's already taken 11 3-pointers this year (his career-high for a season is 15).

It's obvious that outside of the Triangle, which had post-up plays built in because of plays within plays, Gasol doesn't know how to get the ball in workable positions. He's not blaming Brown's offense so much as just saying he has to figure out how to get out of this jumpshooting rut and go back to the block where he's one of the best players in the league.

Nothing will help the Laker offense more than diversified scoring and that starts with No. 16. Once Gasol starts producing from inside and out, it opens the door to possibilities. You get the big man connection between him and Andrew Bynum, Kobe becomes more dangerous and the Laker shooters are a threat.

So if the Laker offense is going to get on track, a lot of it is going to start with Gasol finding his way to the paint.


Comments

Since: Jan 15, 2012
Posted on: January 25, 2012 9:58 am
 

Pau Gasol wants to drop the jumpers and go inside

Aint that the truth xxlive.... What can you say about Fisher, I mean he doesnt score much, he doesnt get a ton of assist, his defense is okay, but he isnt enough of a threat to take the pressure of kobe and bynum.  What I will say in his defense is he does not make many mistakes.  Thats pretty damn evident once Morris gets in the game.  The guy dribbles a hole in the court for 20 seconds then when its time to make a decision he has a stroke when he tries to pass it off or launches a brick that catches backboard if hes lucky.  Anyhway, I think Gasol has great skills and he may just have to round out his game a little bit to fit into this new offense or like you said, look to make a trade.  The problem seems, that in a non-triangle offense to post players causes more problems.  If pau and Bynum are both posting up then you are basically ensuring there will be at least 3 defenders in the area which makes for short slides in the defensive rotation, so passing it off between the 2 still results in a double team and it doesnt allow for alot of great looks!!  This also prevents Kobe from being able to drive the lane. When the Lakers need a rally and put it on kobe he makes his living by the basket whther hes scoring, drawing the foul or dishing back to the perimeter.  Either way, Its gonna be hard for this team to score in this sytem with their current personnel.  I think Gasol and Bynum are both great but might be time for someone to hit the road!



Since: Jan 10, 2012
Posted on: January 24, 2012 11:48 am
 

Pau Gasol wants to drop the jumpers and go inside

Maybe if the Lakers had a point guard they would be able to get Gasol the ball down low.  Gasol is a great player, but he works better in the triangle, time to trade him for a point guard.  This is the key to success for the Lakers, without a point the Lakers will be lucky to be a 7 or 8 seed come playoff time.



Since: Jan 23, 2012
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:48 pm
 

Pau Gasol wants to drop the jumpers and go inside

Gasol is a really smart player and he will find a way to work in his post game and i think he is still affected about the lakers trying to trade him. But he will come around




Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: January 23, 2012 6:35 pm
 

Pau Gasol wants to drop the jumpers and go inside

I hope Pau get on the right track and  play of more of a low post as he did in the triangle. It is difficult to change systems, especially when you have been playing the same system for 3-4 years.

One thing about Pau, he is an excellent player with a high basketball IQ. I am sure he would figure this out and get more opportunities than in the past.

We can only win with all players hittingon all cylinders. Pau is an important clog in us winning.

I am no longer in LA, therefore I miss the tacos. But if they are not scoring a hundred points then no one else is getting them either.

“GO LAKERS”
   
“ONE MAN’S OPINION”





Since: May 8, 2007
Posted on: January 23, 2012 3:51 pm
 

Pau Gasol wants drop the jumpers and go inside

How much do you think Pau Gasol misses having Lamar Odom to play with? When those two were the 5-4 combo on the floor, Odom would float to the top of the key a lot more, with Gasol on the block. The lineups they are featuring this season require Gasol to play a little more PF than he did last year. That doesn't mean he can't get in the post, it just means they need to find ways to make sure he does within their offense. 

It's always a struggle to change to a new offensive system, but the Lakers should really do something. They can't expect Bryant's already sore body to sustain this kind of pace.  


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