clapL.A. Times: Pau Gasol answered the challenge for the Lakers, putting his fingerprints all over Game 7, dominating, being the force they needed to get past the pesky Houston Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals.

Now there will be a totally different challenge for Gasol, one that could test his fortitude and could push his even-keel demeanor to the limits.

Gasol and the Lakers will face the Denver Nuggets in Game 1 of the conference finals Tuesday at Staples Center, and for Gasol, that means playing against the ever aggressive Kenyon Martin.

Martin, a 6-foot-9 forward, tries to intimidate his opponent. He’ll push, grab and trash-talk. He’ll get into the face of his opponent, looking for a weakness.

As Gasol walked down the Staples Center hallway Sunday, stopping every so often to sign autographs, to take pictures, to accept congratulations on his 21-point, 18-rebound effort against the Rockets, he answered every question about Martin’s behavior like a man not going to be intimidated at all.

“You play through it,” Gasol said. “You raise your aggressiveness level. You’ve got to try to be smart. At the same time, you’ve got to play through it.”

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  • xfellerx

    oh ya.

  • roro

    Interesting match up between Gasol and Martin. Gasol just needs play hard and smart. Also use his height advantage on Martin and get him into foul trouble because if Martin gets into foul trouble I’m not sure they one on one defender like Martin. So if Pau’s play hard and smart this should be a easy match up.

  • WifelovesLuke

    Denver cant’ guard Kobe, Pau or LO and they know it. Where as we can put Ariza on Anthony and Bynums length, strength and athletic ability will give Nene problems. Nene looked amazing against the Mavs because the only decent big man they had was Nowitsky and he plays like a small forward.

    The matchups in this series favor the Lakers. If Fish is having problems with Chauncy, we now have Brown to pick up minutes in this series just like he did against Utah. Lakers in 6.

  • Michael Perez

    Lakers in 5 or 6.
    Gasol will outsmart the ‘caveman’ k-mart. Nene faced Erica Dampier of the wnba: Bynum is eager to dominate.
    Mamba will strike.