Phil Jackson Wants More Pau Gasol Late in Games
Gasol’s early tendencies are the flip side of Kobe Bryant, who is typically more active in the second half. Jackson praised Bryant’s game-saving flurry in the fourth quarter Saturday against Denver but thought Bryant’s third-quarter activity was too much.
"He had to step it up in the third quarter a little bit and I thought pushed the envelope just a little bit too far," Jackson said. "Some of our guys got out of sync. Pau only got one or two shots in the second half. We want to use all our weapons."
Gasol was six for 12 in the first half against Denver and one for three in the second half. Against Portland, he made seven of nine shots in the first half but missed his only shot in the second half.