Pau Gasol and the 10 Most Disappointing NBA Playoff Performers

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Pau Gasol and the 10 Most Disappointing NBA Playoff Performers
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There have been plenty of disappointing players in this postseason already, but it wouldn't be hard to guess which one disappointed Kobe Bryant the most.

That would be his teammate, Pau Gasol.

Bryant thought Gasol was too passive in the Los Angeles Lakers' Game 4 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and he wasn't shy about it (via Yahoo! Sports' Johnny Ludden):

"Pau's got to be more assertive," Bryant said. "He's the guy they're leaving [open]. When he's catching the ball, he's looking to pass. He's got to be aggressive. He's got to shoot the ball or drive the ball to the basket. He will be next game."

One game later, Gasol took 14 shots—the most he'd taken all series. Unfortunately, he made just five of them, shooting 36 percent. And despite the 16 rebounds he contributed, the Lakers still lost by 15 points.

For the series, Gasol never once topped 14 points. That's not going to cut it for the third prong of a contender's "Big Three."

Gasol hasn't been the exception in these playoffs. Players and coaches are bound to come up short from time to time, even with a season on the line. Here are the 10 who—like Gasol—haven't lived up to our expectations. 

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