If we're a better team without Pau why even play him 24 minutes? Why not just the 12 minutes when Pau is on the bench? You're being incredibly inconsistent with your logic.
You also didn't answer the question concerning our defense when Dwight was on the bench last night. What alternative do we have other than Pau playing C? Do you think we're better off with Jamison or Clark at C when Dwight sits? I want a straight answer.
If I had my way, we would have gotten rid of him at the deadline. 22-24 mpg is more realistic because he's a better alternative than having either Jamison or Clark at the 5 against some teams, not all. Also, because we need to showcase what little value he has left for a potential trade in the future, since we're not going to amnesty an expiring contract. We need to pair him up with a unit that can hide him as a defensive liability. If you have smart defenders on the floor, or can at least run an efficient offense and limit the opposition in transition, it's possible to hide such glaring weaknesses. But it still wouldn't be successful if Gasol isn't aggressive on the offensive end and isn't focused on the defensive end, which has sadly been the case for much of this year.
Jamison/Clark actually show effort on the defensive end. Jamison is a horrid defender, but he isn't just giving up the open lane time and time again like Gasol has done for much of this season. Clark isn't big enough to guard teams with legitimate 5s (there are only like two others), but he's more than capable against the majority of teams in this league. If Gasol is being a complete liability on the defensive end, either of those two are a much better alternative.
Against a team like Washington you can play a 4/5 lineup of Jamison/Clark and not get burned as badly provided you have the right pieces out on the floor. That means Kobe Bryant and MWP playing the 2 and 3. You can't have Nash/Blake/Meeks out there at the same time with either Jamison or Gasol. That's basically begging the other team to go on a run.
If Pau isn't going to roll on the P&R, finish inside when he has a clear height/skill advantage, or play basic help defense as the last line of defense, he doesn't deserve his minutes. If he's being an obvious liability on the floor (as he was last night), he should be yanked much earlier.