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#1 lakerstefi

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Posted November 10, 2008 - 10:45 AM

The first elbow upset him, but all Pau Gasol did was look toward the referees for help. The second elbow that immediately followed angered him, but this time Gasol stood up for himself.

Gasol got in the face of Houston's Carl Landry, stared him down and exchanged words, letting the physical forward know he wasn't going to be pushed around.

From that point on late in the second quarter Sunday night, Gasol refused to back down to Landry and he became a force for the Lakers.

Gasol scored all eight of his second-quarter points after Landry's elbow smacked him in the face.

That was the spark Gasol seem to need.

"At least as far as my aggressiveness," Gasol said. "I think it really raised my level when I got hit a couple of times in my face. That kind of got me going a little bit inside, because I wasn't being very sharp. It was a good wake-up call."

Gasol finished with a double-double, collecting 20 points and 15 rebounds. So, getting elbowed pushed Gasol.

"I mentioned that to one of my coaches," Coach Phil Jackson said. "I think that woke up Pau."

Gasol has been the Lakers' best rebounder this season, averaging a team-high 11.6 rebounds per game.

"I'm just trying to be aggressive on the boards," Gasol said. "I think being at the power forward gives me a better chance to attack the rebounds from a little farther out, so it gives you a better chance at positioning out there."


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Posted November 10, 2008 - 12:08 PM

The Lakers should hire someone to run around and elbow Pau in the face once in awhile... get him going, wake his asss up... cuz i like his intensity!

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Posted November 10, 2008 - 12:19 PM

The Lakers should hire someone to run around and elbow Pau in the face once in awhile... get him going, wake his asss up... cuz i like his intensity!



Mbenga should do it always before the games :lol: :lol:

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Posted November 10, 2008 - 03:55 PM

Pau's just been a beast on the rebounding this year so far, I am HIGHLY impressed.

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Posted November 10, 2008 - 05:21 PM

pau has been great, his rebouding is up probably due to bynum's boxing out the centers
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#6 Aztek Lakerfan

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Posted November 10, 2008 - 05:24 PM

That's what Pau needs to be more physical and not get punked. Other than that he's playing good.

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Posted November 10, 2008 - 05:40 PM

get punked? you dont think logically when it comes to the Lakers. being skinny and not as strong as a perkins (or a perkins/garnett/brown combo). if you get jumped by three guys and you lose its no shame in that
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