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Gasol Has Been Invisible Thus Far

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It's time to get back to the drawing board.

Oh, the Lakers already tried that with Pau Gasol?

Right. So, now what?

After looking listless and lethargic in a Game 1 loss to New Orleans, Gasol had more than 72 hours to let the criticism – directed from all corners of Southern California, including the mirror – marinade between his ears.

And wouldn't you know it, the Lakers win the opening tip, feed the ball almost immediately to an assertive, demanding Gasol and with the home crowd encouraging him, he confidently fires up a 12-foot jumper ... that doesn't hit the rim.

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