With only one minute to go in the game, all-star Pau Gasol had one made basket.
He would get a lay-up when the game was already out of reach, but his final stat line was nothing to be happy about.
In 38 minutes of action Gasol finished with eight points, just 2-9 from the field, and six rebounds.
Other then Chris Paul’s superb play, Gasol was one of the big reasons the Lakers were not successful in game 1.
“It’s up to me to get myself going, be more aggressive, get myself into rhythm,” Gasol said.
A reporter asked if Odom also needed to hike his scoring, and Bryant made clear that wasn’t the problem.
“Pau is our guy,” he said. “He’s next in line and gets the responsibility that comes with it”
“He’s not naturally aggressive,” Bryant said. “Even if I’m tired, I’m naturally aggressive. You just have to rev him up a little bit, get him going.”
Gasol gets a chance at redemption, Wednesday at 7:30pm PST.