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There’s no bigger scapegoat for the Lakers than Pau Gasol, also known as El Hombre Invisible (Invisible Man for my non-Spanish speaking readers). If you can pick one player who didn’t show up against Dallas, it was Gasol, who averaged a mere 12.5 points per game while shooting 42 percent from the field.
While Dallas did very well limiting the Lakers’ bigs, you still expect an All-Star to find a way to score and contribute. Too often, Gasol disappeared into the player that faded against the Boston Celtics in past years and not someone hailed as the best power forward in the NBA.
You could tell that mentally, he wanted no part of Tyson Chandler, and he continually got abused by Dirk Nowitzki.
How bad did Gasol play during the series? So bad that Phil Jackson had to physically try to inspire him by tapping him in two separate timeouts during Game 3. If you're making one of the most even-keeled coaches so frustrated with your play that he lays hands on you, you're stinking up the court bad.
At one point during Game 4, Gasol pleaded with his teammates to keep fighting while having a look of despair on his face. That’s not leadership, that’s the sign of a player who wants support without carrying his load.
Let’s face it, Gasol’s legacy took the biggest hit in this series.