The amount of shots Pau is getting now should ease him down about not getting enough touches.

ESPN: If you were to rank the current Lakers team, few would argue against Pau Gasol ranking No. 2 behind Kobe Bryant as the team’s best player in terms of skills on the court.

But now that we’ve seen how the team would look with Gasol as No. 1 and Bryant out of the lineup the last three games, how would you rank their leadership styles?

The Gasol-led Lakers enter the All-Star break on an impressive three-game winning streak against three teams primed to be Western Conference playoff teams in Portland, San Antonio and Utah.

While Bryant sat in the locker room receiving treatment on his sprained left ankle, Gasol carried the team on the court on Wednesday, racking up 22 points, 19 rebounds, four assists and five blocks, helping the Lakers to a 15-point win in Utah against a Jazz team that was riding a nine-game winning streak.

It followed a game against San Antonio, when his 21 points, 19 rebounds, eight assists and five blocks signified a stat line that only five players in the history of the NBA have achieved — Bob McAdoo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Robert Parish, Charles Barkeley and Shaquille O’Neal — and L.A. won by 12.

The game before that, the Lakers’ first without Bryant, Gasol had 13 points and eight rebounds, and L.A. won by 17 to snap a nine-game losing streak at the Rose Garden.

Gasol ball is working for the Lakers.

“I tried to step up and understood how we needed to play,” Gasol said.

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  • ed1

    They need to lean on Pau when Kobe is IN the game. Only good things can happen when he gets the ball, cuz he’s such a good passer. if he’s 1-1 he’ll score, if not he’ll pass to the open guy. As long as the ball is moving, and Pau doesn’t dominate the ball for long periods in the shot clock.