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At the end of Game 1, the Lakers shot themselves in the foot with a three-pack of stupid decisions.
Kobe Bryant driving to the lane and passing out of a layup into a turnover. Phil Jackson substituting Pau Gasol to defend Dirk Nowitzki, leading to Gasol’s silly foul 30 feet from the basket. And as you can see in the picture, Gasol followed that up with turning over the ball after panicking over a fallen Kobe Bryant.
It was as if the roles were reversed and the Dallas Mavericks knew how to play down the stretch and the Lakers shrunk in the moment.
In all honesty, the Lakers know they could’ve won Game 1 if they didn’t beat themselves.
This is on Phil Jackson to mentally prepare his squad and remind them that losing Game 1 is not a reason to panic and to do what got them there. These aren’t the same soft Mavericks and it will require the Lakers to be as sharp as ever if they want to regain control of this series.