Theres gonna come a point in time in the playoffs where D'Antoni has to choose between Pau and Dwight and make offense for defense substitutions, they play much better without each other on the court, its ridiculous. During Hack a Dwight and when we're up 8-10 points I think we have to take Dwight out because we're ridiculously solid on offense with Pau/Kobe working together....on the other hand if we're getting destroyed defensively and Pau is not having a good game first 3Q he needs to be sat during critical moments of the 4th, hes not gonna an offensive outburst in 4th Q when its Kobe time anyways
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, with just Bryant and Gasol on the court together (and Dwight Howard off the court) Friday night, the Lakers had a plus/minus rating of plus-46 over 12 minutes. With just Bryant and Gasol on the court this season (and Howard and Nash off the court), the Lakers have a plus-20.4 rating, the highest of any of their two-man combinations.
Due to injuries, it's a smaller sample size than their other two-man games. But because of their history together, and the implications for the Lakers' future, there's a significance to it.
"We're both knowledgable players. We both have high basketball IQs," Gasol said after scoring 19 points on 8-of-14 shooting against the Grizzlies.
"We've played with each other the longest, for sure. That was always a constant in the past. It seemed to work pretty well and I think it's just smart if we continue to do that. Not for ourselves, but for the rest of the guys."
Gasol is still troubled by the torn plantar fascia in his right foot. It gets progressively sore as the game goes on. But he's used to it by now.
And frankly, at this point, with just six games left in the Lakers' regular season and potentially his Lakers career, he might as well give what he can while there's still time to make a difference.
Edited by MDI, April 06, 2013 - 11:21 PM.