Pau definetely had a rough game, but he wasn’t the sole problem (ie: defending LeBron’s iso’s 1on1 was mistake):
NBC: Phil Jackson didn’t try to protect Pau Gasol.
Gasol faltered down the stretch Thursday night in the Lakers’ 93-87 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and his coach said about the Lakers blowing a fourth-quarter lead for the first time in 33 such situations this season: “Pau had a hand in a lot of that.”
Gasol had 13 points on 5-of-14 shooting (35.7 percent) and missed two free throws with the Lakers down by two points and 24.1 seconds left. Just before, Gasol had missed twice under the basket.
“A couple of times, I could’ve delivered,” Gasol said.
LeBron James, who blocked one of Gasol’s final shots, led all players with 37 points and nine assists. Kobe Bryant had 19 of the Lakers’ first 40 points to become the NBA’s youngest player to reach the 25,000-point plateau. But Bryant made just 3 of 9 shots in the third quarter, when the Lakers let Cleveland move ahead.
Bryant finished with 31 points on 12-of-31 shooting, and the Lakers began their season-long eight-game trip with their second loss in as many tries against Cleveland.