May 13, 2012 |
The suffocating defense continued to push, but Pau Gasol kept fighting. The loose ball didn't initially bounce his way, but Gasol kept reaching. The putbacks didn't fall in the bucket right away, but Gasol kept tipping. Once his putback finally dropped into the basket, Gasol let out a roar. The outburst sounded as loud as his team-leading 23 points, 17 rebounds and six assists in the Lakers' 96-87 Game 7 victory Saturday over the Denver Nuggets. "I kept jumping and jumping until I was finally able to put it in," Gasol said.
March 26, 2012 |
The shots kept clanging off the rim, but Pau Gasol didn't want to pass up open looks. So he kept firing away. But Gasol just kept missing. The Lakers lost 102-96 Sunday to the Memphis Grizzlies by the time this exercise ended, and Gasol had little to show for it. His 16 points on four-of-15 shooting featured five of those missed field goals coming off midrange jumpers. Yet Gasol said that won't deter him from taking the same shots again. “I have to keep shooting them if I'm open,” Gasol said.
March 8, 2012 |
The burning question before March 15 involves whether the Lakers will make a trade. Will Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum still remain on the team? Can the Lakers upgrade at point guard? Or will executive Jim Buss make the roster even worse? But those aren't the only things worrying Laker fans. The purple & gold just lost two consecutive games to the lowly Detroit Pistons and Washington Wizards. Frustration has mounted over Mike Brown's offense. Kobe Bryant's approach in switching his mask and increasing fatigue have correlated to a shooting dropoff.
March 15, 2012 |
The Lakers can forget about trying to get Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard. The Lakers won't get him before Thursday's trade deadline at noon PDT. Nor will they get him during the free agency signing period in July. ESPN The Magazine's Chris Broussard first reported that Howard has waived his early termination option and will stay with the Magic through the 2012-13 season. That has an instant trickle effect on the Lakers' front-office dealings. One, it's safe to say Lakers center Andrew Bynum will remain a Laker.
March 23, 2012 |
Some things to note in the Lakers' 103-96 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday at Staples Center. 1. Andrew Bynum's 28 points on 12-of-20 shooting points to his never-ending aggressiveness . Whenever Portland delayed on double teaming him, Bynum punished them with a quick drop-step move. Whenever Bynum drew a double team, he either reposted to establish better position or split defenders in the lane. Whenever Portland forgot to flood the paint, either Pau Gasol or Matt Barnes hooked up Bynum with lobs.
March 9, 2012 |
Some things to keep an eye on when the Lakers (23-15) visit the Minnesota Timberwolves (21-19) Friday at Minneapolis' Target Center. 1. Will the Lakers play with effort? It's downright offensive that the public has to wonder whether the Lakers will do that, especially after losing two consecutive games to Eastern Conference dwellers the Detroit Pistons and the Washington Wizards. But it's a fair question to ask. It remains to be seen whether this will spark the Lakers into fuller intensity or lead to more divisions within the team over Mike Brown.