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With Bynum Out, Is Gasol’s Load Too Heavy?


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#1 Guest_Nissan_*

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Posted February 25, 2009 - 01:57 PM

Against Oklahoma City Tuesday night, Pau Gasol played 42 minutes. Against Minnesota it was 49 in an overtime game. In the Lakers' last 10 games, Pau Gasol has averaged 42 minutes a contest.

That is coming off a summer where Gasol played for his native Spain in the Olympics. With a playoffs coming where the Lakers will need a 100% Gasol, are the Lakers wearing him down now and asking too much of him?


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#2 MDI

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Posted February 25, 2009 - 01:57 PM

yea we need to watch his minutes.

I know Gasol is a warrior but we need to him to play at high level in the playoffs. This is why I hoped we could pick up Moore or a decent big thats being released so that they can give us some minutes while our bigs get some much needed rest

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Posted February 25, 2009 - 01:58 PM

I've been saying this for the last two weeks. Obviously, Gasol has some great conditioning, but the Lakers need to watch his minutes.

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Posted February 25, 2009 - 02:00 PM

This is another reason why you can't trade Bynum for a SF or PG. Gasol isn't a good defender like Bynum and he can't play 40+ mins every game.

Phil needs to watch his minutes and give Powell more playing time. We don't want Gasol getting tired before the playoffs start.

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Posted February 25, 2009 - 02:03 PM

Yes, for the long haul this is too much of a load for Pau (or any power forward) to handle.

We saw it last season.

The Lakers can win without Andrew, but it will be much easier once the big man steps back onto the court.

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Posted February 25, 2009 - 02:25 PM

I'd love to limit his minutes, and maybe we could if could blow out the teams that we should be blowing out and letting him rest in the 4th quarter.

But I'm not worried about him. Everything he's said leads me to believe he'll be fine.


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Posted February 25, 2009 - 03:39 PM

this is why if joe smith or drew gooden hit the market

we HAVE to sign one of them immediately
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Posted February 25, 2009 - 04:44 PM

He's playing way too much. Everyone is saying to watch Kobe's minutes cuz he played so much, but Pau went to the finals with Kobe, went to the finals in the Olympics against Kobe, and he is still playing with us, more than Kobe is. He needs some rest.

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Posted February 25, 2009 - 07:16 PM

i think Phil and co. know this, but until he #1 seed is secure, there will be little to no rest for the weary...plus he can sleep when he is dead and by that I mean he can take off PRACTICE, or after we win the BIG ONE
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Posted February 27, 2009 - 01:18 AM

Off to a good start today with his minutes though.




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Posted February 27, 2009 - 01:22 AM

"No sacrifice, no victory."

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