Phil on Pau… no other way to put it.

ESPN: In the Lakers’ last two losses, a three-point overtime loss in Miami on Thursday and a five-point loss in Dallas 10 days ago, production from Los Angeles’ three-time All-Star Pau Gasol was conspicuously absent.

Gasol, who is averaging 17.0 points and 11.1 rebounds this season, averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds in the two losses while playing his normal amount of minutes (33.5 minutes in the two games as opposed to his season average of 36.6).

“I really don’t like to talk about that aspect of a person’s game … other than the fact that he’s been weak and sickly,” coach Phil Jackson said before the Lakers played the Bobcats on Friday, setting up the delivery of the jab with a pregnant pause.

When asked to clarify, Jackson said that Gasol has been feeling “under the weather” and he will have to monitor his 7-foot power forward’s playing time.

“I’ll start to work the bench a little more and see if I can’t spell some minutes for these guys,” Jackson said.

After Thursday’s loss, Jackson reserved judgment on Gasol, simply saying, “He just had a tough night tonight.” Gasol, while stretching out on the Time Warner Cable Arena court before the game, acknowledged that he has been affected by a cold.

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  • dawg

    Pjax start Odom and everything will be fine. Bynum/Pau combo does not and will never work. Odom is unselfish and will be great to play alongside Pau/Artest/Kobe.

  • Justin M.

    Sorry pau, you already used up all your sick days. Tough it out, whoops, sorry did i use the word tough and pau in the same thought

  • yeah

    Fuck Pau

    • MIchael

      Wow. Call yourselves laker fans? Didn’t you guys just read the article. It said that he’s been sick. Please spare of us from the uneducated comments. Pau has three bad games and you guys are already throwing him under the bus. Show some support. Why so quick to criticize? If you know anything about the Lakers, you know that we couldn’t have won or win the championship without him.

      • yeah

        We are not the Spurs. We don’t win championships every other year. If Phil’s Bulls and the 2000 Lakers can play consecutively, why not this team? I’ll tell you why. Because no one except Kobe believes in consistency. Fish gets a pass because hes wearing down but everyone else? You and every other “true Laker fan” are always ready to make excuses for dudes who clearly aren’t what they were last year. Am I a fan too? Yeah but I bitch because I care, I care where we end up. Last year’s championship is in the past, get over it. I’m focused on this year.

      • yeah

        You know what? Another thing too. Kobe can play through sickness and pain.

        Everyone else?
        Pau-oww I’m sick and weakly
        Bynum-oww my knees, I’m such a lazy bitch
        Sasha-Maria, rub my shoulder, feels good not get traded
        Luke- My back? Eh don’t feel like playing, feels good to get paid for nothing

        So don’t give me that shit that Pau is sick. If he really wanted to win he’d play through it.

  • Kobe8/24

    Sunday is a great game for him to show if he’s SOFT or not.

  • KindSir

    Sorta feels like we’re about to implode.