Thursday , Mar , 19 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Appeasing Robin: L.A. Lakers must involve Pau Gasol

It’s a no-brainer. Los Angeles and Gasol will both benefit from him receiving more consistent touches. It doesn’t matter if he’s an All-Star or rotation player. Anyone who makes all 10 of his first half shots deserves more than three attempts in the second half. Sure, Dallas went with a zone, but the Lakers must do more to involve their post …


Appeasing Robin: L.A. Lakers must involve Pau GasolBreaking NBA news mixed with analysis …

Their News:
The furthest the serenely talented Spaniard (Gasol) will ever come to complaining is an acknowledgement of polite frustration after game like Sunday, where he went 10 for 10 from the field in the first half against the Dallas Mavericks but got only three shots in the second half as the Mavericks went to a zone defense that caused the Lakers to blow a big lead, before they pulled out the win. 

Then he’ll hint. Politely.

"If we would’ve lost the game I would’ve been a lot more vocal about it," he said Monday after a practice in which the Lakers worked extensively on their offense against a zone defense. (LA Daily News)

Our Very Quick Analysis: It’s a no-brainer. Los Angeles and Gasol will both benefit from him receiving more consistent touches.

It doesn’t matter if he’s an All-Star or rotation player. Anyone who makes all 10 of his first half shots deserves more than three attempts in the second half. Sure, Dallas went with a zone, but the Lakers must do more to involve their post.

This isn’t about one game, though.

Gasol has been an excellent blending star. Of course, he was ‘The Man’ in Memphis and still is the face of the highly competitive Spanish national team. During certain games, especially when he is rolling, the purple-and-gold should appease their Euro by calling sets for him like he was the top option.

Remember, Gasol is playing out of position. The shaggy haired Spaniard is a finesse four-man, but has filled-in admirably at the five-spot for the injured Andrew Bynum. So rewarding his effort with a few more looks wouldn’t hurt.

The Lakers are far more dangerous with Gasol involved. A consistent scorer down low opens up the perimeter and makes it difficult for opponents to smother Kobe Bryant. Also, on the rare occasion when ‘Black Mamba’ looks mortal, there is an All-Star ready to step-up.

Los Angeles is running away with the Western Conference. But engaging Gasol with more touches will enhance their chances at glory in June.

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